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The Relate Trust hosts an annual event for the Beading Gogo’s and Tata’s to honour South Africa’s senior citizens ahead of Mandela Day.


The Relate Trust holds an event challenge that see’s the Gogo’s and Tata’s competing for the top title! This year they intend to continue their winning streak.

In 2014 the beading Gogo’s went up against the the Stormers and thrashed them! In 2015 the elderly men and women took on a group of celebrities and won the race to thread the longest strand of beads hands down.

In 2016 the Gogo’s and Tata’s joined children of the Lalela Project and members of the public to create a very special beaded artwork of Madiba.

This year will see the nation’s favourite grandmothers and grandfathers working alongside top South African celebs (including Matthew Booth, Tracey Lange, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Lindy Hibbard, DJ Sox, Zoë Brown, Jitsvinger, Zola Nene and more) instead of battling against them.

The challenge is simple. The celebrity and senior pairs will have exactly 67 minutes to plan, design, and thread a bracelet.

All the bracelets including the winning one are going into a prize pack to be won by a lucky Relate supporter! The lucky draw will be raising funds for education, a cause close to Madiba’s heart!

“We want to pay tribute to Madiba and to our seniors, who spend their days threading bracelets in support of over 100 causes globally. Without them we would not be able to do the work that we do,”

“These remarkable seniors, like Nelson Mandela did, are still contributing so much to their country, their communities and their children and grandchildren, and we are extremely grateful for their role.” – Relate Trust CEO Neil Robinson.

Anyone who purchases a Relate Mandela Day bracelet in support of the Nelson Mandela School Library Project will be entered into the lucky draw. The bracelets are available in selected Tourvest Destination Retail stores including Made in SA, Indaba, and Out of Africa.

The Nelson Mandela School Library Project aims to change the face of literacy in South African schools by refurbishing and donating fully stocked container libraries to underprivileged schools across the country.

Sources: Relate Supplied
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