For it’s third year as valued participants in the Mandela Day campaign, Aspen Pharma Brazil selected the Santa Rita Orphanage in Rio de Janeiro as their beneficiary.

The home cares for 89 female orphans and Aspen voluteers took advantage of the opportunity to assist the young ladies with some guidance in terms of personal hygiene, hair care, makeup application and stylish fashion trends. The girls lavished up the attention and also enjoyed the recreational activities, gifts and snacks that were provided.

Another pressing need at Santa Rita is that of eye care for the little residents. Aspen arranged for ophthalmologist Salvatore Donato to examine the young girl’s eyes during June, a service which was provided at no charge in support of Mandela Day. Of the 72 examinations done, 14 were diagnosed in need of glasses and these were provided by Interview Optics in partnership with Aspen Pharma and distributed at the Mandela Day festivities.

Alexandre França, CEO of Aspen Pharma Brazil said, "As a corporate citizen, Aspen Pharma has adopted this annual event as a way for its employees to participate in social responsibility activities and they do so with a great spirit of joy and solidarity. The orphanage was chosen because of the very important work that it does with the children and due to its close location to our headquarters.”