Nelson Mandela said “It is in your hands to make the world a better one for all”. Following in the great man’s legacy, DDP wants to show the world that actions speak louder than words by spending our 67 minutes taking action against poverty.

When we learned about Pure Hope Kids and Primary, DDP was moved to take action. Pure Hope opened its doors in 2013 after Riana Anderson saw the need and opportunity for helping the children in the informal settlement known as Plastic View - a stone’s throw away from the church where she was involved in children’s’ ministry. Pure Hope School has become an anchor of hope of the local community, with more than 200 children in the crèche and primary school now able to receive support and education. The school is 100% dependent on sponsorship and volunteers to provide and care for the children. What better way to honour Madiba’s legacy than by bringing hope to children?

DDP decided to spend some time giving the kids a fun and active morning. The grade 2 to 5 kids and their teachers joined us on the school sports field where our team set up 5 stations – with something fun for the kids at each. From soccer, netball and swing ball to tug of war, three-legged and potato races, the Pure Hope kids kept our team on their toes! The energy, enthusiasm and joy was contagious, and everyone had a fun-filled morning! The kids were also treated to a three-legged race between their teachers and the DDP team – many laughs were had.

After having a refreshing snack and cold drink after the mornings activities, DDP provided lunch for the kids. The macaroni and mince was a big hit! DDP also donated stationery, non-perishable foods and mattresses for the crèche. We also decided to leave all the activity items like the netballs and soccer balls for the school as the kids enjoyed them so much.