Book mountain

Staff of City Varsity in Roeland Street spent their 67 minutes handing out socks, food and gloves to the homeless in the Companys Garden on Mandela Day.

Community Chest collected more than 2 000 books and formed a book mountain in front of their Bree Street offices on Mandela Day. The books were donated to various children’s homes.

Lorenzo Davids, CEO of Community Chest, says he’d like to see more children being read to regularly.

“There is an undeniable link between engaging children through reading to improve their performance at school. This is why we have decided to place reading at the forefront again this Mandela Day. Nelson Mandela so aptly said, a good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special. In continuing Madiba’s legacy, we feel obligated to be unrelenting in the quest to enrich our children’s minds through books. We hope, in turn, this will instil a hunger for knowledge and education,” said Mr Davids.