Over the last seven years, Omnicor, a global provider of talent management technology and services, would typically spend Mandela Day at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital volunteering and treating the nursing staff to cake and helping out in the Trauma Unit. However, because of the recent fire, the hospital is still not fully open, leaving the Omnicor team looking for another worthy cause to support.
Head of Organisational Development at Omnicor, Colleen McLintock, wanted to see where they could contribute to the community in an impactful and Covid-safe manner. A synergy presented itself between Omnicor and The Love Trust, a South African not-for-profit organisation committed to deliver excellent quality education and social care to vulnerable children in Thembisa.
The Omnicor team was moved by the contribution that The Love Trust makes and decided to undertake a blanket drive for the beneficiaries of the school. And, as it would have been the late former President, Nelson Mandela’s 103rd birthday in 2021, the Omnicor team aimed to raise this amount between the 26 staff members.
The Principal of Nokuphila School, an arm of The Love Trust, Themba Temba said that “the blanket donation is sincerely welcomed and appreciated, as most of our beneficiaries are living in informal settlements and share small spaces with other family members. In times of unbearable cold weather, the donation of blankets will bring much needed comfort.”
The culture of care within the Omnicor team served a dual purpose this year, as blankets were sourced from multiple small-businesses to spread the support. Managing Director of Omnicor, Hilton Rudnick committed to match what staff raised, and a total of 103 blankets will be making its way to the school when it reopens on 26 July.
When McLintock was asked why she is so passionate about Mandela Day, she responded that “Covid has impacted us all, fortunate and less fortunate. We at Omnicor believe that if you want to see change, you have to be it. With the last of the cold weather creeping up on us we decided to do a blanket drive to not just cover individuals with warmth, but to show compassion during these harsh circumstances. As the wise Nelson Mandela said, ‘you cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be.’”
About The Love Trust
- Founded in 2009, we are a South African not for profit organisation (NPO) with a vision to nurture future generations of servant leaders.
- Providing vulnerable children with quality Christian education and social care that includes academic excellence, spiritual strength and moral integrity.
- Creating a resilient organisation together with our partners to benefit the communities we serve.
What we do
- Our two core focus areas in education are to –
- Deliver quality Christian education to primary school and pre-primary children at our Nokuphila School in Thembisa, Midrand.
- Train black South African adult women as accredited early childhood development teachers qualified to teach Grades 000, 00 and Grade R school children.
- We support the South African government development commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that by 2030:
- All girls and boys will have access to quality early childhood education, development and care (equitable education)
- Reduce poverty and social inequality through holistic education and care of primary and pre-primary children, including nutrition, psycho-social and remedial support (SDG , 4 and 10)
- Empower black women to qualify as teachers and equip them to be leaders in their communities (SDG 5)
- Form partnerships and alliances with other non-profit partners, industry bodies and affiliates to grow our impact and reach (SDG 17)
- Bridge the digital divide by making technology-based learning accessible to vulnerable communities (SDG 4 and 8).
Visit the Love Trust website at www.lovetrust.co.za
Find out more about Omnicor at www.omnicor.co.za