Mandela Day: Some charitable ways to spend your 67 minutes

To commemorate Nelson Mandela Day, people all over the world will dedicate 67 minutes of their time to make a difference in their communities. The day was chosen because it’s Madiba’s birthday and the 67 minutes represent every year he served this country.

Whether you are passionate about children, senior citizens, the environment, animals or recycling, there are plenty of causes that you can support. Here are some simple last minute ideas:

  • Think of a cause you care about and find out what they are doing for Mandela Day. Get people involved through sharing the event on your social media.
  • Get a group of friends together and create care packages with some winter goodies (toiletries, tinned soup, blankets, body lotion, sanitary pads etc) and visit a homeless shelter, an old age home or a children’s home. Deliver the packages and spend some time with the people.
  • Get some trash bags and do a clean-up around your neighbourhood with your friends, family, colleagues or neighbours.
  • Donate blood or sign up to become an organ donor. This could save a life.
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter and spend some time with the furry friends.

Here are six unique Nelson Mandela Day initiatives you could get behind around the country:

Give the gift of reading

Nelson Mandela believed that education was the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. If you’re in Cape Town, why not get involved in Learning in Reach Nelson Mandela challenge at ECD centre in Lavender Hill. 6 700 books will be distributed to children under 13 at Lavender Hill. All you have to do is arrange a book wrapping event at your office. Get your colleagues/employees to each bring a book, write a message of motivation inside and then wrap the book. To participate, they would have to donate R67 and ask the company to match that with R67 as well.

Find out more information here.

Make or donate a sleeping bag

If you are in Johannesburg, Kingsmead College has partnered up with Community Hours in hosting a Make and Donate a Sleeping Bag event on Mandela Day. Sleeping bags will be made from newspaper and recycled plastic.  Every sleeping bag will be put into a sturdy cover made from billboard material and sewn by Fleur Fashion House. R67 is the registration fee which will cover the cost of the materials. Teams of five can be entered, or individuals can join a team on the day.

Help an animal

Find out where the nearest animal shelter is in your area and see how you can help. In Roodepoort, CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare) has asked supporters to help them with dog/cat food or non-perishable food. They are also in need of blankets and paint. They asked for people to try and spend time with the dogs or help them tidy up certain areas. Financial donations are also welcome.

Donate to the Nelson Mandela Foundation

If you are unable to make time to give back but work/live in the Sandton area in Johannesburg, perhaps a visit to the iconic Nelson Mandela statue at Sandton Square is due. There is a donation box alongside the statue where you can make a donation to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Read more about the organisation here.

Clear rivers on Mandela Day

The Department of Sanitation in Pretoria has already begun a month-long campaign to encourage people to clear rivers of pollution. Through a collaborative effort, communities, regional and national departmental officials, the private sector and other sectors of society are invited to join in and make a difference in the upkeep of the environment by dedicating their time to cleaning rivers. For more info, click here.

Amazing Race for Good in Durban

Forward Zone Solutions, The Robin Hood Foundation and Angel Projects have created an Amazing Race competition for Mandela Day in Durban. Teams of three will each be given a shopping voucher and a shopping list presented in the form of clues. Teams will have 67 minutes to shop for the relief hampers, including a few short fun challenges in the spirit of Mandela Day.

Where: Gateway Theatre Shopping VIP, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga, Durban

When: 18 July, 9am – 2pm
Contact Details:
031 563 0189
[email protected]

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