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Ev­ery year, Nel­son Man­dela Day (18 July) leaves a lin­ger­ing smile on the faces of peo­ple who ‘paid it for­ward’ and do­nated 67 min­utes of their time to spread­ing kind­ness; par­tic­u­larly among the poor­est of the poor in our coun­try.

Pas­sion­ate about ed­u­ca­tion, our late pres­i­dent had this to say: “Ed­u­ca­tion is the great en­gine of per­sonal de­vel­op­ment. It is through ed­u­ca­tion that the daugh­ter of a peas­ant can be­come a doc­tor, that the son of a mine worker can be­come the head of the mine, that a child of farm work­ers can be­come the pres­i­dent of a great na­tion. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that sep­a­rates one per­son from another.”

READ Ed­u­ca­tional Trust couldn’t agree more, and we look back fondly to 1996 when Nel­son Man­dela was our READ pa­tron. In keep­ing with this legacy, READ is al­ways en­thu­si­as­tic about col­lab­o­rat­ing with so­cially re­spon­si­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions ea­ger to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of our young peo­ple.

The Na­tional Home Builders Reg­is­tra­tion Coun­cil (NHBRC) asked READ to as­sist them with their Man­dela Day cel­e­bra­tions on 18 July this year.

They wanted to de­liver books to less for­tu­nate chil­dren, and we thought it op­por­tune to sug­gest the de­liv­ery of our re­cently launched ‘READ ALOUD MAGIC’ sets, to crèches within READ’s Early Child­hood De­vel­op­ment (ECD) cen­tres across South Africa.

The three ‘READ ALOUD MAGIC’ sets avail­able from Read­ing Mat­ters, each com­prise 12 beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated books filled with mag­i­cal sto­ries set in Africa, and are broadly aimed at chil­dren from the ages of 4 to 9.

When the NHBRC co-or­di­na­tors set eyes on the sets, they were sold, and pur­chased enough of them to gift two ECD crèches per prov­ince, with the ex­cep­tion of Pre­to­ria where four crèches were se­lected. In prov­inces where READ does not have ECD cen­tres, chil­dren’s homes or com­mu­nity cen­tres were se­lected in­stead.

Ea­ger NHBRC vol­un­teers handed over the Read Aloud Magic sets, af­ter which they spent 30 min­utes read­ing aloud to ex­cited lit­tle ones across the coun­try. A won­der­ful, en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for all in­volved!

Should you wish to pur­chase one of three sets, please visit, or di­rectly from Read­ing Mat­ters. Phone 087 237 7781, or 0800 11 65 35. Al­ter­na­tively, feel free to e-mail for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to or­der.

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