Many local residents chose to spend their 67 minutes serving the clients and staff of Living Hope. Combined, our local community of volunteers logged over 24 hours worth of service.

“God Bless all those who gave a representative of the goodness that is so often hidden within the hearts of people – we had the privilege of being the recipients and it was truly a blessing,” Sandy Lovick, (Manager, Living Care).

Fifteen members of the South African Military Medical Corps from the Simonstown Sickbay served in the Living Way Health Care Centre Unit for 67 minutes which allowed mangers to provide a tea for their own staff and allow them 67 minutes away from the ward. The University of Delaware missions team also served the staff.

The medics assisted Living Care Manager, Sandy Lovick, with the hands on care of the patients while other servicemen served and helped feed patients while others cleaned windows, and swept and mopped the floors throughout the Unit.

A branch of the Navy attended to the gardens and sanded and varnished two benches for the verandah. They also presented us with a cake decorated with the Navy crest that was shared by patients and staff.

Adding sunshine as his 67 minutes, rollup blinds were fitted by Matthew Hare as his contribution to Mandela Day. These were to the value of R10,000.00, a tremendous assistance to the comfort of the patients.

Also in the Health Care Centre, staff members from Harcourts Property provided a collection of biscuits from their staff. Representatives shared a packet with each patient and left us with a bag full of packets for distribution at a later date.

Two young ladies from Masi arrived and asked what they could do and willingly emptied dustbins and mopped floors. A young man from Ocean View cleaned windows, which meant that every window had been cleaned by the end of the day!

Ladies of the Seven Day Adventist Church delivered a gift for every staff member to say thank you for what the staff do for others everyday as they work at Living Hope. As Living Hope continues to offer health care screenings, two teams from America assisted, making it possible to test 123 people in just over three hours.

Russel Rigter (volunteer) assisted with the co-ordination of Silvermine Academy who varnished Living Hope’s wooden bungalows at False Bay hospital and Liz Potgieter (volunteer) took the photos at False Bay hospital.

Jackie Boshoff cleaned out the Living Right room in Masiphumelele and Emily Aaserod-Oosthuizen assisted with packing grocery parcels that had been very kindly donated by a variety of donors throughout the day.

Thank you to all who served Living Hope for Mandela Day. Your 67 minutes has left a lasting impression.