Caption: Durbanville Children’s Home in Cape Town was a flutter with giggles and excitement on International Mandela Day when Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western and Northern Cape) spent the afternoon with the youngsters of the home. 

Spirits were high at the Durbanville Children’s Home last Friday (18 July 2014) when Peninsula Beverage Company’s (PenBev) Human Resource Department celebrated Tata Madiba’s birthday with the children. The festivities kicked off with the little ones singing and dancing before the PenBev team rolled up their sleeves to make the lively bunch smile even more.

Over 50 children participated in the activities where the team from PenBev spoiled them with beverages, toys and brand new rulers and pencils for the upcoming school term. “We are very grateful for the opportunity to give back to our local community, especially to the youth, who are our country’s future. Durbanville Children’s Home is doing exceptional work and it is great to be working together with them. We are very fortunate to be able to be part of various Mandela Day events, including the Durbanville Children’s Home activities,” says Bryn Morse, HR Director at PenBev.

The youngsters at Durbanville Children’s Home come from abusive and neglected environments, which have instilled a sense of ‘nobody cares about me’ within them. In many cases, this has caused them to feel invisible and unimportant. “Through the kind gestures of PenBev on Mandela Day, the children felt very special as someone was willing to spend quality time with them and, most importantly, make an effort for their happiness. One of the children even said, ‘Wow, aunty! I thought this was Mandela’s birthday but it feels like my birthday’. Thank you PenBev and all the wonderful staff for making such a difference in the children’s lives,” says Johanna Strauss, Marketing and Fundraising Manager at Durbanville Children’s Home.

This was just one of the initiatives that the PenBev teams lent their support to on Mandela Day this year. They helped various communities around the Peninsula by giving out food, beverages, blankets and scarves at old age homes, orphanages and hospitals as part of their 67 minutes.

For more information about Peninsula Beverages, visit www.penbev.co.za or contact 021 936 5500. PenBev is also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PenBev

Photographer: Craig Wilson