Mandela Day

2017-07-12 06:00

"WHAT counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."

So said one of the country's greats, Nelson Mandela.

Mandela Day on 18 July is celebrated nationally and internationally and in recognition of the 67 years of dedicated service to all, South Africans are asked to spend 67 minutes on the day to commemorate the legacy of Madiba.

Are you wondering what you can do or how to spend those 67 minutes of Mandela Day, next Tuesday, to commemorate the legacy of his service to the people of South Africa. Of course, it does not just have to be 67 minutes on the day - there are lots of organsiations, and individuals, who could be assisted throughout the year.

If you're eager to help, but not sure where to start here are some ideas:

• Donate blood, especially if you are group O, as the blood bank is dangerously short of blood If you are over 16 and weigh more than 50kg, go to <http://www.sanbs.> or sms your name and postal code to 31454 to get details on your closest blood bank.

• Provide back-up support for volunteer workers by serving tea or generating food packs on a monthly basis. Help the volunteers at the Greytown Feeding Project who cook two meals a week for hundreds.

• Check with local NGOs such Umvoti Aids, Letcee: Izagane yethu, special needs schools, Greytown Hospital. Read stories and play with the youngsters, assist with feeding, music and art, vegetables and so on.

• Offer to drive someone who needs medical tests outside of Greytown.

• Pick up 67 pieces of litter.

• Set up a community garden in your neighbourhood where residents can share the water and weeding.

• Bake a cake, rusks, biscuits, etc., for the Golf 911 staff who man the office 24/7 and don't forget the local police station night-shift staff.

• Drop off a bag of pet food, tins, blanket at the SPCA.

• Invite a needy family for dinner or cook a meal for them.

• Read for Tape Aids for the Blind - if your voice passes the audition, you get to record a book. Call 011 786 6130 or go to www.

• Plant a tree at home and give a twin plant to someone in an informal settlement.

• Instead of spending money on a meal at a restaurant, put together a food parcel for someone at work who has fallen on hard times.

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