Want to get involved and help your community this Mandela Day but don’t know how? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some awesome ideas on how you can contribute to this amazing initiative!
Just in case you’re not quite sure what Mandela Day is about, here’s what you need to know:
Mandela Day is all about honoring Nelson Mandela’s life by doing something small to help fight for social justice and to help make the world a better place. The idea behind Mandela day is to spend 67 minutes of your day working towards making a positive change, big or small, in your community.
Here are a few ideas on how you can get involved:
1. Clean Out Your “Treasure”
We’ve all heard the saying: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
When it comes to your old clothes, toys and children’s books, this saying definitely rings true. For your 67 minutes, why not collect all your possessions that are gathering dust and give them to a local charity or to anybody you know who is in need?
The great thing about this form of charity is you also benefit because it gives you a chance to declutter your house, so everyone wins!
2. Take Your Cooking Skills to the Streets
Your family and friends might be under appreciative of your cooking skills, but in South Africa there are millions of people who would love to enjoy a good meal.
You don’t need to cook up a 10-course meal or spend a lot of money. Giving a simple meal to somebody in need is exactly what Mandela Day is all about.
Why not make a few simple packed lunches and hand them out as you go about your everyday routine? You’ll be sure to make a few people’s days much brighter with such a simple act of compassion.
3. Battle Climate Change From Your Home
Global Warming is affecting our lives more and more as the days go by. Although it might not seem to serve your local community, we’re all in this together as a global community and we all need to chip in where and when we can.
Why not spend your 67 minutes making your home more eco-friendly by planting a tree, researching recycling or changing your traditional light bulbs to energy saving ones?
We are a global village after all, and we’ve only got one Earth for us to live on.
4. Become a Lifesaver
It’s not every day we have the opportunity to save another person’s life, but that’s exactly what you’re doing when you donate blood to the South African National Blood Service (SANBS).
If you’re not too scared of needles then this is probably the most significant way you can help another person in your community. It’s quick, easy and free, which makes it a perfect choice for those busy people who realistically can’t spare a whole 67 minutes due to their hectic schedules.
If you are a little bit overwhelmed by the idea of taking on all the problems of the world– don’t worry. The day is not about you making huge sacrifices like Nelson Mandela did. It’s rather about doing whatever you can to improve the lives of those around you.
Just remember, your contribution may seem small to you, but it might mean the world to someone else. Need some inspiration or would like to get involved in your community upliftment in another way? Download the 67 minutes for Mandela App to see what events are happening near you.