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Hollywood Foundation honours Nelson Mandela Day with the #BarrowsOfPower initiative

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The Hollywood Foundation proudly commemorated Nelson Mandela Day with the launch of their #BarrowsOfPower initiative. The campaign, worth R1 million, focusses on sanitation and will ensure that communities across South Africa are able to collect and store clean water.

The #BarrowsOfPower campaign is a one-year commitment, where a total of 67 barrows will be distributed to each of the nine provinces in the country, starting from 18 July 2022 through to 18 July 2023. In line with the Nelson Mandela Day goal of Sanitation and incorporating the 2022 theme of “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”, the water barrows will enable people in various communities to transport water easily and keep the water sealed and hygienic.

To kick-off the #BarrowsOfPower campaign, water barrows were handed over during launch events in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Western Cape. Regions throughout the country also honoured Nelson Mandela Day with the #BarrowsOfPower handovers and various community-based projects, such as assisting at soup kitchens and vegetable gardens.

Bongekile Mdunge, a grandmother and a community member from Bhambayi, was excited to learn that she will be receiving a water barrow, as she has to endure many struggles to fetch clean drinking water

“I am super excited about the barrow that the Hollywood Foundation is giving me, it will help a great deal and I won’t have to borrow my neighbours wheelbarrow again.”
Bongekile Mdunge
Community member from Bhambayi
“Access to water is a basic need and a human right. The struggle to access clean drinking water is a nationwide challenge. It is for this reason that the Hollywood Foundation is rolling out the #BarrowsOfPower programme to all communities, including those that were affected by the KZN floods, which crippled the infrastructure and made it hard for them to get water. We decided to do our bit this Mandela Day, to ease their burden and contribute towards making the lives of our communities easier.”
Vuyisile Ngobese
Public Relations Officer at the Hollywood Foundation

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