Foundation Making Three Donations In Recognition of Late 12-Year-Old

A local charity is donating funds in honour of a late 12-year-old girl.

Mandla Youaleu-Mbomback passed away in 2019 after being involved in a car accident while traveling with her family in Montana.

As a way to remember her, her family created the Mandla Foundation to continue all the community work she loved to do in her short life.

“We all remember her in a certain kind of way, I’ve had people telling me this is what she did and what she taught me and I wasn’t aware of that,” said Mireille Tsafack-Zatcha, Mandla’s mother.

To recognize what would have been her 14th birthday, the foundation is making three donations on Monday.

The first is to the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre to help with newborns in recognition of Mandla’s birth month.

The second is to the Wood Buffalo Regional Library as one of her favourite hobbies was reading.

The last donation is going to the Willow Square Continuing Care Facility, despite the foundation focusing on supporting children.

“Mandla had an amazing relationship with her grandparents, whether they were my parents or her dad’s parents, and she would have done it for the seniors as well,” added Tsafack-Zatcha.

All the funds being handed out were donated to the foundation.

“I’m always amazed at how many people when they hear her name stop and join whatever action we’re trying to do.”

Meanwhile, the RMWB is proclaiming Monday as Mandla’s Day.

A virtual event is also being held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. where Tsafack-Zatcha and others will celebrate Mandla’s life, discuss the donations, and recognize the municipality’s proclamation.

More information can be found on the Foundation’s website.

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