On 18 July, we celebrate Mandela Day. It's more than just a celebration of Madiba's life and legacy, it's a global movement to honour his life's work, and to change the world for a better place.
With Mandela Day around the corner, we're sharing a few ideas of what you can do for your 67 minutes:
Read at your local library – find out if your local library has a story hour and offer to read during that.
“Christmas in July” for Friends of Valkenburg - Volunteers are needed to take stock and sort existing stock of Christmas Trees and Decorations for redistribution to 16 wards and departments at Valkenberg Hospital. Your support will help Friends brighten the lives of people with mental illnesses staying at Valkenberg Hospital over Christmas 2015. This activity supports their recovery and brings joy at a significant time of the year when most people are at home with their families. For more information contact (021) 447-2092 or email@example.com
Give a food parcel to someone in need – We live in a country where there are an unfortunate number of homeless people, so why not create a food parcel, or a few, and give it to someone in need.
Donate clothes to someone in need - Clean out your cupboard and donate the clothes you no longer wear to someone who needs them. There are also often charity collection points set up at local shopping centres, so have a look at your local shopping centre.
Sandown Street Clean Up - All the staff from Techsupply will be walking down Sandown road in Rondebosch, Cape Town, with black bags and getting the street clean. Join them at 4pm at the top robot at Campground Road. They also plan to buy some food for the needy that might be in the park or begging by the robots.
Litter pick up in Heidelberg – Members of the community will be picking up litter in Heidelberg. They will be starting at our end of Louw Street and down by the river, and working their way into Beecham Street, and will hopefully be moving further out if they can get enough people to join in. All recyclable items we will take to the Heidelberg SPCA, as they raise much needed funds through recycling. The rest we will bag up for garbage collection. If you are interested in joining in with them, you can contact the organiser on 079 355 3666.
Collect-a-Book Drive - Join Collect-a-Can’s book drive this Mandela Month.
Individuals or organisations can get involved by: - donating used or new children’s reading books, or - volunteering time to read to the learners at the various book drives on Friday, 24 July 2015
Donate books, stationery, children's clothing to Driving Spirits – Help Driving Spirits bring a kindergarten in Phillipi to life by donating stationery, book, children's clothes and plastic chairs. The drop off point is at the Equinox Building reception, in Sea Point, and the cut off date is Friday 17 July. To find out more, click here.
67 000 sandwiches for Mandela Day - Bring the bread and the spread and join CAP as they make 67 000 sandwiches together for the less fortunate. CAP will deliver our 67 000 sandwiches to soup kitchens around Johannesburg.
The meeting point is at Norwood Park (Cnr Grant Avenue and Ivy Road), on Friday 17 July 2015.
Join them from 7am until 2pm.
Spend time at an animal shelter – Visit an animal shelter and spend some time with the animals. You can also help by donating dog or cat food, as well as blankets and toys.