The SleepOut™ Experience
There are certain things you don’t expect to achieve in life or yet even experience, but when the opportunity avails itself you need to grab it with both hands, even though you do not know what lies on the other side of the door, because not everything that is given is going to seen as soon as you would wish to see them
The Nelson Mandela School SleepOut™ was no different. From the get go I knew that I was going to learn new things and meet new people which meant making new friends as well. Another achievement for me in 2018, applying to became an ambassador. It was not in my knowledge that we would be sleeping outside in the cold on a winter evening and even when I was ask about it I was clueless. All I knew was that I am going to learn something new. I ensured that I kept a positive mindset, because with a positive mindset comes positive outcome. To my surprise on the day before I took my fight to Johannesburg, conversations on the group arose of sleeping on cardboard and not bathing. WHAT did I get myself into?
Eventually I was figured it’s a once in life time experience and this opportunity won’t come again. The whole day in Johannesburg was great from the time of arrival, to the visit to the different schools and the briefing for what we would have to do at our SleepOut™ at our school. We had a tour around the historical Lilies Lief Farm and a poignant movie about Nelson Mandela. Having to go to sleep trying to imagine that you are in you warm bed was quite hard and waking up freezing cold . I departed with a whole lot of empathy and care for those who are unprivileged and sleep on the streets.
The processes of collecting stationary for our Beneficiary school was quite a hard process, but my biggest achievement from the SleepOut™ at my school was being able to bring unity amongst the students at my school. Each and every one who participated left a different person and more willing to give that before and with much more empathy for those who are homeless.
My interaction with the students at Mseki Primary School was great and seeing all their smiles was great for me, which truly showed what The Nelson Mandela School SleepOut™ is all about.