In honour of Nelson Mandela Day, the Breakfasts for Better Days™ initiative teamed up with some famous faces to give their 67 minutes to school children in Soweto.
Children from iKwezi Primary School were joined by several celebs including singer-songwriter, Tresor and TV presenter Roxy Burger, for a morning of breakfast and inspirational workshops.
The event marked the beginning of Kellogg’s new ‘Start Your Great’ campaign, which challenges people to start encouraging children to dream big and become a nation of future leaders. It also honored this year’s Nelson Mandela Day global call to action, when the Kellogg’s representatives and celebrities donated their great for 67 minutes to help iKwezi Primary to refurbish a classroom.
The iKwezi school tour began with the children and the guests sitting down together for a breakfast of cereal and full cream milk. As the morning progressed, the guests toured the school and met several of the children who have been helped by the initiative.
The iKwezi Grade 7 learners also got the chance to take part in an inspiration session where Nomuzi Mabena and the other celebrities described the world of possibilities that are waiting for them.
“It’s important that our future leaders know that they can be whatever they want to be. Although feeding them breakfast ensures that they’re fueled for busy days ahead, they also need to be inspired by people they look up to, to help them believe in themselves and the power of their dreams,” says Vuyokazi Xapa, spokesperson for Breakfasts for Better Days™.
In addition to inspiring the learners, parents were also invited to a nutritional workshop where Breakfasts For Better Days™ dietitian, Cheryl Meyer, discussed the impact of a balanced breakfast and how nutrition affects a child’s education.
“Access to a morning meal before the start of the school day helps children meet their nutritional requirements for the day. Research supports positive links between breakfast intake and cognitive and academic performance through improved memory, test scores and school attendance – all vital to maximise the outcome of a child’s education.”