Media in Africa’s mid-year function sees staff overhauling three rooms at a non-profit organisation.

Every year Media in Africa organises a mid-year function for all staff members. The goal is to spend some time together as a company, focusing on team-building exercises and encouraging employees to work in different teams and with other team members.

Even though this year’s mid-year function encapsulated all of the above objectives, it was different to anything the company has ever done before. Two weeks before the function, everyone was briefed about the day and what to expect, and people were informed that without a doubt, this year’s event was set to be a memorable one.

The company was to spend the actual day completely overhauling three rooms or areas at ECHO Youth Development in Pretoria, a registered non-profit organisation founded in 2001 with the goal of providing a support system for vulnerable youth in South-Africa. High School Youth and Young Adults from different cultures live together in several homes, called Echo Communities, based in Pretoria, but there are also smaller ECHO Communities in Johannesburg, Centurion and Cape Town.

These ECHO Communities not only cares for the needs of younger children, but also the needs of children between 18 and 24, who need the necessary support to go out into the world and become responsible adults.

Staff were split into three groups and Media in Africa contributed financially to each group, to ensure that everything they hoped to achieve could be realised. Several sponsors were also more than happy to donate, such as Prominent Paints, who supplied products that were used to give these rooms the necessary overhaul it deserved; M. Farrell & Sons, who donated laminate floors for the boys’ chill area; Supreme Mouldings who donated skirtings; and Van Dyck who sponsored rugs for two areas.

The joy and passion every team member injected into this project was remarkable to see, and on the actual day, it was amazing to witness how everything came together perfectly and beautifully. The end results rendered those from ECHO House speechless, and close to tears.

The children were ecstatic about the end results, and at the end of the day, that is all that mattered – seeing a smile on someone’s face and such appreciation for the small comforts in life.