Sasol, in cooperation with the Embassy of South Africa in Qatar recently celebrated Mandela Day at Sidra Medicine, to share the spirit of Nelson Mandela and give back to society through simple and meaningful acts of kindness. Sasol is a South African international integrated chemicals and energy company.

Mandela Day The team visited the paediatric endocrinology outpatient ward at Sidra Medicine and distributed activity books and games to children with diabetes in the presence of HE Faizel Moosa, the Ambassador of South Africa to Qatar; Jack Saba, General Manager of Public Affairs at Sasol; Dr Abdulla Al Hamaq, Executive Director of Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA); and Sidra Medicine officials including Senior Attending Physicians from the Endocrinology division.

The Diabetes Activity Book, developed by Sasol and QDA, is a fun-filled activity book packed with information and games that test kids’ knowledge on diabetes, and encourage them to embrace a healthy lifestyle and behaviours.

The visit also included interactive games where children had fun with the ‘Health Park with Salem and Sarah’ board game. The game was developed by Sasol and QDA to support children and families in Qatar and the region living with Type 1 diabetes. It was designed to raise awareness about healthy eating habits and food groups that children and their families should incorporate to their lifestyle.

According to HE Faizel Moosa Mandela Day is an international day of honour celebrated in South Africa and around the world.

This historic day is a special date to celebrate and cherish the incredible personality of Nelson Mandela who inspired millions of people around the world, and to reflect on his life and carry his legacy forward by working as a united community. We are pleased to see children enjoying the interactive games provided by Sasol and QDA, and we thank the medical staff at the hospital for their collaboration.’

QDA Executive Director Dr Abdulla Al Hamaq said Mandela Day is a wonderful opportunity for organisations to come together.

As a diabetes centre, we are ready to adopt the initiatives that educate and empower our children living with diabetes while bringing delight, joyful moments and beautiful experiences. This Diabetes activity book which we tailored for kids with Type I diabetes, will definitely have a significant impact on kid’s health and lifestyle.

Salem and Sarah Diabetes Champions have been accompanying children in their diabetes journey, helping them to cope with the diagnosis and the challenges it brings to their life.’

For his part, Jack Saba, General Manager of Public Affairs at Sasol said they are proud to contribute to the global movement prompted by Nelson Mandela’s life. He said that Sasol is committed to nurture a healthy population by increasing the level of awareness and knowledge about diabetes in the country in partnership with QDA. He thanked the South African ambassador, QDA and Sidra Hospital and said he hoped that the visit has spread joy among the children and their families living with diabetes.

Mandela Day is celebrated every 18 July to commemorate Nelson Mandela’s birthday. This year, members of civil society are called to spend at least 67 minutes – a minute for every year that Nelson Mandela worked – doing significant actions that will drive a positive global change, impacting the world we live in today.

Sasol’s CSR initiatives have positively influenced the Qatari community. Their programmes – Qatar e-Nature, Definitely Able and Accessible Qatar – are focused on environmental awareness, entrepreneurship, health, and accessibility.