M and F Business Furniture is committed to investing in the upliftment of people and to creating a better quality of life.
How we at M and F dedicated 67 minutes of our time on Mandela day.
Every year, on the 18th of July, International Mandela Day, people around the world are asked by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mr. Mandela’s public service – and make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity for good.
This year all of us at M and F dedicated our 67 minutes by packing treat bags for impoverished children at a playschool in Tembisa. We also made a decision to include our children in the activities enabling them to experience the real meaning of Mandela Day. We gathered early in the morning and immediately started decorating the bags. Each one was assembled with love and a special message was written to the child receiving the treat. Included in each package was a toy, writing and drawing materials, delicious healthy treats, as well as a blanket for each child. We then left our offices and proceeded in convoy to Entokozweni play school in Tembisa.
We were greeted with loving hugs, smiles and song. What a joy! We left Tembisa feeling uplifted, knowing that the small gesture of giving back to others less fortunate than ourselves was inspiring and one more step towards a global movement for good.
Seven years ago, Simba, desperate to earn money and support his family, set up an informal distribution space at a busy intersection in Johannesburg, from where he could display and sell his art.
M and F approached Simba to create unique, one-off pieces of art of different workplace scenes to assist him in his efforts to care for them.
Simba’s vision is to open a gallery and teach street children how to paint so they can learn to support themselves. He yearns to help society. We hope to assist him reach his dream.
As part of its upliftment programme, M and F commissioned the Ministries of Christ to manufacture bags in support of its outreach sewing project.
Late in 2013, the pastor of the Ministry made an announcement to his community that he was looking for people willing to learn to sew. Bijoux, a qualified seamstress with many years experience volunteered to drive this initiative. Along with 10 other people in the community, a sewing school was born. Bijoux taught her students to sew from scratch, producing the bags for M and F. All bags have been made from left over contract fabric collected from our previously completed projects. We hope to grow this sewing initiative and enable the volunteers to uplift themselves and eventually enter the workplace as seamstresses.
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