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Aspen marks Mandela Day with launch of multi-purpose playground at CitéAnoska

Aspen marks Mandela Day with launch of multi-purpose playground at CitéAnoska

To mark the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrated globally on July 18, pharmaceutical major Aspen Global launched a Group Socio Economic Development (SED) initiative intended to mobilise Mauritian employees to give back to the island community,more specifically through the inauguration of a new multipurpose playground at CitéAnoska.

To usher in the Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrated around the world on July 18, global pharmaceutical major Aspen in collaboration with NGO Ti Rayons Soleil, marked the occasion through the inauguration of a new multipurpose playground at CitéAnoska.

The inauguration wasdone at the hands of Aurore Perraud, Mauritian Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare.

Aspen is a supplier of pharmaceuticals to more than 150 countries across the world. Aspen’s participation in the Nelson Mandela International Day is a Group Socio Economic Development (SED) initiative intended to mobilise employees to give back to their communities.

This initiative takes place annually in celebration of the late Nelson Mandela’s birthday. The former South African President Nelson Mandela launched Mandela Day in 2009 and it symbolises a day of global humanitarian action.

 

This international day serves as a catalyst for people around the world to realise that they have the ability to change the world into a better place through personal participation. The Mandela Day campaign message is simple: Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. In turn, we are asked to give 67 minutes of our time each year in support of a chosen charity or in serving a local community.

In line with this noble philosophy, Aspen sponsored the full renovation of a neglected area behind the CitéAnoska Community Centre, transforming it into a multi-purpose playground to help address its current social deprivation.

This new multi-purpose playground, protected by walls and fitted with a sheltered area, will help to raise the standard and quality of children’s learning experience, improve their skills, stimulate independent thought and promote their well-being through recreational facilities that enable them to socialise, explore, and exercise.

More than 120 kids from CitéAnoska and their families were invited to participate in the event, in addition to professional artists, media representatives and distinguished guests. These included Dr NomvuyoNontsikeleloNokwe, South Africa High Commissioner, Nathalie Gopee, Mayor of Curepipe as well as Members of Constituency No.17, Adrien Charles Duval, Deputy Speaker, Malini Sewocksingh and Jean Christophe Stephan Toussaint.

The event included songs and dances performed by the kids and ended with an interactive drumming session by the internationally renowned Café Drum, that put a smile on the faces of Anoska’s residents in the most festive way.

Samer Kassem, CEO of Aspen Global, stated, “I believe corporations have a moral obligation to support their communities. Nelson Mandela said, “We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination”. At Aspen, we apply this pledge to our daily life and today’s event is only one example of our commitment to this cause.”

Aimee Thomas, President of NGO Ti Rayons Soleil added, “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. It gives us great pleasure to welcome an event like the “Mandela Day” through Aspen, which hasbestowedupon us the honour of bringing their CSR activity to fruition in order to help and bring support the Anoska Community.”

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