Become a “Cheesekid” for Mandela Day

By Drum Digital
09 July 2012

You don’t have to be a “cheeseboy/girl” to join the Cheesekids for Humanity movement.

In fact, not all of the thousands of volunteers who have participated in Cheesekids’ Mandela Day campaigns every July since 2009 come from well-off families.

According Cheesekids founder Shaka Sisulu the big idea behind the NGO and its involvement in the Mandela Day campaign is about recognising that everyone has something to contribute in their communities.

“It’s all about giving 67 minutes of your time to community service,” Sisulu said.

In just three days before former President Nelson Mandela celebrates his 94th birthday on 18 July, Cheesekids hopes to attract 6 700 (and more) volunteers from across the country to participate in what it believes will be South Africa’s biggest volunteer drive in honour of Madiba’s 67 years of service to humanity.

Ever since 18 July was declared Mandela Day in 2009 and later, the Nelson Mandela International Day by the United Nations General Assembly in November that year, Cheesekids has worked with individuals and corporate organisations mainly in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to help build shelters, donate food to orphanages, set-up IT labs and donate blood among other goodwill activities.

This year will be no different. From Sunday 15 July, between 08h00 and 16h00, volunteers will rally themselves in three different spots at which a Unity Celebration fanfare will be graced by 67 of Mzansi’s best entertainers just after the community service phase of the campaign is done.

The three rally points, at which food and Mandela Day merchandise will be available for sale, will be at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg, Grand West Arena in Cape Town and Muster Fields in Durban.

Interested participants should register a free account on

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