Memorable Day as Hawk Academy Learners Celebrate Mandela Centennial

The 900 learners at the Hawk Academy school in Germiston enjoyed a memorable day last Wednesday while celebrating the historic 100th anniversary of the birth of global icon Nelson Mandela.

Hosted by the Abcon Group Foundation (AGF), who adopted the school in 2013, and run by the Pride Factor life skills academy, the celebrations included a wide range of inspirational activities such as song, dance, artwork, motivational messages, celebrity appearances, interactive tasks with prizes and give-aways while the library and classrooms were painted by volunteers.

Caption: The Soweto Shining Stars performing at the Hawk Academy school in Germiston during the Abcon Group Foundation Mandela Day Centennial Celebrations

Photo: AGF / SVART

“We strive to make every day a Mandela Day and the Abcon Group Foundation found 100 ways to put a smile on the Hawk Academy’s face,” said AGF Managing Director Londiwe Mthembu. ““We don’t only plan to build a school, we plan to create brighter memories for the learners so we fed the kids and dressed them warmly and filled the library pod with over 600 books.

“This is a start of so much more that the Abcon Group Foundation has in store for this school. Education drives our Socio-Economic Development initiatives. Our master plan includes the construction of proper school facilities such as sports fields and school halls to the value of R100 million catering for primary and high school learners.”

The high energy song and dance routines were expertly led by the 22 person Soweto Shining Stars while Doodle Your Future handled all the art requirements that saw the youngsters producing their very own versions of Madiba

Inspirational talks were presented by differently enabled motivational speaker Emily Mabasa, Kay-Dee Mashile from Activate!, television celebrity Candice Modiselle and Pride Factor founder and MD Dene Botha, all of whom gave the learners messages of hope, encouragement and advice.

Caption:: Some of the learners who enjoyed the Mandela Centennial Celebrations hosted by the Abcon Group Foundation at Hawk Academy in Germiston

Photo: AGF / SVART

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