Friday, October 19, 2012

Nelson Mandela 'inspired' clothing line opens second library in South Africa

Happy Friday to you! What better way to end the week than with a bit of good news, right?

A few months ago when I wrote about my experience at the Nelson Mandela inspired clothing line launch in New York City, I was met with a barrage of questions on Facebook. Most of my friends wanted to know where the proceeds of the clothing were going and voiced concern about the brand exploiting Madiba's name and face. While those were valid concerns, I re-iterated that the brand has always maintained that they  would be donating proceeds of their revenues to build libraries in South Africa.  And now my friends, as they say "the proof is in the pudding"...and this is pretty amazing news.

The Mandlamasha Community School has 902 students and 27 teachers
Using revenues from 466/64 Fashion, a brand new spanking library was opened in Mandlamasha Community School, a farm school in the “Koppie Alleen” community located in the northern Kwa-Zulu Natal municipality of Dannhauser. This is the second library funded by the 466/64 and a third library is due to opened in the Eastern Cape in the next few months.

The Mandlamasha area faces the unfortunate double-challenge of high unemployment and a large number of child headed households, making the case for a well-resourced library.
The Mandlamasha Mandela Day Library includes a broad
section of fiction, non-fiction and reference books
“It is deeply humbling to once again see how committed educators are making a difference in the lives of children who need it most,” says Wayne Bebb, Brand ID CEO. “We are thrilled that 466/64 Fashion has been able to play a part in this by funding a library for all the learners at this inspiring school.”
Wayne Bebb, Brand ID CEO address the crowd
Awesome stuff right? What do you think of the library? And additionally what are your thoughts on the 466/64 clothing line?

**Image Source- 466/64 Twitter**

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