Mandela Day: How To Get Involved


It’s almost time to commemorate the life and time of Madiba. Here’s a little guide to get you started in making a difference in this world.

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Official Mandela Day Community

First thing’s first, have a look at the official Mandela Day online community and search for events taking place in your area. From hackathons to blanket drives litter the list of ways to give back to the community. Inspire your friends and followers on social media to make a difference by using the hashtags #mandeladay and #time2serve.

Mobilise the Community

Have a look around your neighbourhood and see what needs to be done. If there is one thing Mandela taught us is that sitting down is not going to get us anywhere. Organise a book or blanket drive by contacting those living around you or using the internet to get the word out. In the age of emails and Facebook posts it is now easier than ever to get people involved in events and activities. More hands make for lesser work.

Speak to Local Businesses

If a paint shop can sponsor t-shirts for a golf day at a primary school then surely they can part with a bucket of white paint for a hospital wall. By getting goods and services providers on board with your prospective initiative you’d be able to do more good than you would on your own. In exchange for a box full of blankets or canned food you can thank them on social media which, in form, is a way of marketing for them.

Join Other Causes

Check out www.forgood.co.za and volunteer your time, donate goods and create an offer which others can get involved in. Forgood is an online platform that connects passionate people with needy organisations. It is a social market place where skills, goods, services and information can easily be offered and asked for.

Checklist

Create a Mandela Day Checklist and devote yourself to as many of the following as possible:

  • tutor or mentor
  • community development
  • arts and culture
  • health
  • women and children
  • sports and recreation
  • jobs skills and training
  • clothing food

By Shawn Greyling

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One thought on “Mandela Day: How To Get Involved

  1. No mention of animal charities?
    What about dedicating time or donations of much needed food / blankets / medical equipment to needy animal welfare organisations?

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