In 2010, staff of Ramsay Media celebrated Mandela Day by packing 150 comfort packs which were donated to Matla Bana! There were many tears as staff members realised what these packs were going to be used for, but also joy in knowing that they will be helping an abused child.
Thank you to Sandy and the Ramsay Media staff, as well as all the other sponsors who made this project possible. Thank you as well to our SAPS partners who joined us for the handover event.
The brightly coloured packs were handed over to representatives of the SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units and Matla a Bana: a voice against child abuse – an NGO that supports young rape victims through the ordeal of reporting the crime to police and undergoing a medical examination.
RamsayMedia has adopted Matla a Bana as its annual Mandela Day initiative, making a small contribution to help the ordeal of children as young as four a little as they go through the traumatic reporting process. Each pack contains comfort items (a teddy bear, colouring book and pencils) and emergency goods (food, cloth, toothpaste and brush, soap, panties, body spray and sanitary towels).
Last year RamsayMedia donated 150 packs and the team was challenged to aid more children this time around. Financial contributions came from the staff, the company and the Norton Ramsay Foundation (a trust established by the previous chairman), while Ackermans, Easywear and Hospitality Suite were quick to provide facecloths, soap and underwear to the worthy cause.
Staff enthusiastically made their way down the assembly line, filling the bags before writing a personal message on each one. These were handed over at the end of the day, ready for distribution on Mandela’s birthday.
Receiving the packs, Monique Strydom, national manager of Matla A Bana, said experience showed they were a real comfort to the young girls and made it easier for them to open up to police about what they had gone through.
Matla A Bana was founded nine years ago by Monique and her husband, Callie. The couple was taken hostage in the Philippines in 2000, an experience that changed their lives and set them on the path of helping those in need.
At the handover were Matla a Bana founder Monique Strydom and her son Luc; Colonel Sonia Harri, Provincial At the handover were Commander, Family and Child Services: Western Cape; Carol Bower, former executive director of RAPCAN and head of LINALI Consulting; Sandy Immelman, RamsayMedia’s head of CSI; Captain Phindile Mangesi, Family & Child Services and Warrant Officer Rowan Andrews, Family & Child Services
For more information, contact Sandy Immelman, head of RamsayMedia’s CSI division, at email@example.com or tel. 021 530 3190.