How lucky we are to live in a country where the late, great Nelson Mandela made his mark. Whether he was changing the laws of the country to help the downtrodden or working alongside the downtrodden, Tata Madiba taught us what it means to be human. So, since 2009, the 18th of July ( Madiba’s Birthday) has become known as Mandela Day. Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact no matter how large or small. As the tagline goes ” Nelson Mandela fought for justice for 67 years we are asking you to start with 67 minutes“.
Big Bad Wolf has made a list of all the different things you can take part in to make the world that much more special. Take a look:
The Cotlands Toddlers Sports Day
The Facts: Cotlands Toddlers Sports Day. 18th July from 10:00 till 14:30. Rotunda Park Turffontein.
A fun and active day is to be had by all. You can take part in one of two ways ( or perhaps both ways). You either Sponsor a child for R100 to take part in this fun activity. This includes Transport, Meals, Play Resources and a T-shirt. Or for the more hands on approach you can help out on the day and facilitate the games.
Contact Charlotte Tshabalala on 011 683 7200/ Charlotte@cotlands.org for more information
Spread The Bread
The Facts: Hosted by Second Chances. 18th July from 9:00 till 13:00. Discovery Soccer Park ( 21 North Street Illovo)
A fun and easy way to take part in this charitable initiative is to Spread the Bread. The day will be broken up into 3 shifts of 67 minutes each where people will make as many sandwiches as possible. The food will be distributed to NPO’s in desperate need. All it will cost is R167 per person this includes bread, spreads, sandwich bags, utensils and cards to write messages of hope in.
Make sure to book for this initiative as there will be no tickets at the door. Look for “Spread the Bread Mandela Day” on Facebook
CapeTown Beach Clean up and Fill a DOT ( Do One Thing) box
The Facts: In Connection with Clean C. 18th July. 18:30. Big Bay.
This is a fun and healthy way to celebrate Mandela day. Bring along your kinds and even your dogs for the full moon walk, an easy hour long stroll on the beach. There is no entry fee for this event but it would be greatly appreciated if you and your family would donate soap, facecloth, toothpaste, toothbrush, a box of crayons, a colouring book and some reading supplies as this will go towards filling up a DOT Box that will be distributed to 1000 kids across Cape Town.
For more information contact Greg on 082 873 1962/ email@example.com
Build Kennels for Pets in Khayelitsha
The Facts: in Connection with Mdzananda Animal Clinic. 18th July.
Join the only permanent vet service in Khayelitsha, the Mdzananda Animal Clinic, in building and reconstructing wooden pallets into pet Kennels. This initiative is broken up into two days. Saturday the 16th will be for individuals wanting to lend a helping hand while Monday the 18th will be reserved for corporate/ workgroups. Taking part will also see you donate either R67 or R167. To keep the process going as smooth as possible please try bring your own hammer, measuring tape, paint brushes and any additional materials you may find useful.
Contact Marcelle@mdzananda.co.za/ 082 200 9962 for more information
Helping the Grow Hillbrow Team
The Facts: In connection with Mould Empower Serve. 18th July. Hillbrow, central Johannesburg.
Lend a helping hand to the Grow Hillbrow team on their daily cleaning route through the Suburbs of Hillbrow. Provide your time or perhaps donate shovels, hard brooms and gloves. After having witnessed all the effort this team puts in, perhaps take them our for a light snack/ lunch to thank them.
Contact Bongani Nxumalo on 011 023 4500/4501 / Bongani@mes.org.za
Making Meals for the Kids Haven kids
The Facts: Kids Haven. 16th July/ 18th July. Kids Haven Benoni
Kids Haven would greatly appreciate any meals that could be prepared and shared with the children. The donation will come int the form of buying the ingredients, cooking the meals and delivering it to Kids Haven in Benoni. Cakes, fruit salad and Tea for the morning; a healthy meal with dessert/fruit and yoghurt for lunch, and whatever your heart desires for dinner. Best get Cooking =)
For more Information contact Susan Daly on 011 706 7959/ 083 442 7717 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Put together a Stationary pack for teachers at an under resourced school.
This is a simple and effective way to do good this Mandela day. Put together a stationary ‘Goody‘ bag for teachers at any under resourced school in your area. Markers, Pens, stickers, colour papers, scissors- the list can go on and on. Don’t forget to let them know their hard work is not going unnoticed.
Make Care Kits
If you have ever been to a government hospital you will know it is not a place you want to be for long. Why not make a patients day by creating a ‘ Care Kit‘. Include a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, body wash, body lotion, sweets and a note to brighten the patients day.
Volunteer at your nearest animal shelter
A Personal Favourite Mandela day activity has to be spending hours at my local SPCA. Nothing can brighten up your day quite like the unconditional love of an animal. Perhaps your local SPCA is in need of blankets, bowls and food. be sure to check what they need before arriving empty handed.
Visit an Old Age Home
One of the greatest gifts we could give the elderly is our time. Why not visit your local Old Age Home and give a lonely person a moment of your time. You will be surprised at how enjoyable the day will be and how much you can learn from these wise and kind souls.
Big Bad Wolf cannot wait to hear all the good you did this Mandela Day !