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The Aurum Institute employees, Heidi Hartley, Given Mugovhani and Warren Rikhotso are all doing their part to give back to their respective communities this Mandela Month/Day.
Mandela Day: Aurum staff inspired to help others

Mandela Day: Aurum staff inspired to help others

Aurum staff are honouring the memory of the late South African icon and statesman Nelson Mandela, by being active citizens and going beyond the call of duty with projects to help others on Mandela Day.

Warren Rikhotso, Aurum Technical Data Manager: Pepfar Reporting, spends his free time helping struggling families with necessities such as clothing, diapers, and milk formula for their babies.

Seeing the difficulties, the families and mostly young parents endure in his own community, Rikhotso was moved to act.

“I know how it feels to have nothing and not knowing where your next meal will come from. It really pains me seeing people suffer, particularly babies,” he said.

He took it upon himself to interact with some of these young parents who opened up about their struggles with raising a baby in those dire conditions. “I started asking for donations from family, friends, colleagues, neighbours and social media and I received an overwhelming response.”

Working for Aurum, which prides itself in making a difference in the lives of many, also inspired him. “With everything that Aurum is doing for different communities, I believed I could also do my part and be a reflection of the organization.”

For Rikhotso, Mandela Day represents optimism and ubuntu. He sees the outpouring of kindness and generosity of people participating in the 67 Minutes Campaign as proof that everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better. He believes every day should be Mandela Day.

This sentiment is shared by Heidi Hartley, Aurum Talent Acquisition Manager. Her passion for people and the difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, spurred her to make food parcels to those in need.  Her family joined her, and they delivered these much needed parcels to families who were close by and sent donations to those they couldn’t reach.

“I felt I had to do something, their stories really moved me, I was truly guided by my heart and will continue to support these families where I can,” she said.

Hartley also donates yearly to the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and joined the charity Move One Million and also will be assisting with cleaning of her community for the Mandela Day 67 minutes initiative. “I always do things when it touches me, and I want to make a difference to the lives of people. That is why I love working at Aurum, I get to change lives there too,” she said.

Watch Given Mugovhani, Aurum Adherence and Retention Counsellor, speaks about how he and his friends have been collecting sanitary packs to young girls in his community. Mugovhani said he was motivated by his 13-year-old daughter and to follow in Mandela’s footsteps of being of service to his community and country.