Mandela Day 2018

2018-06-27 06:02
The Greytown Gazetteinvites individuals, schools, service organisations, and businesses of all sizes to share with the readership what you are doing to make a difference to our community this Mandela Day.

The Greytown Gazetteinvites individuals, schools, service organisations, and businesses of all sizes to share with the readership what you are doing to make a difference to our community this Mandela Day.

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EVERY year on July 18, South Africans and the international community join hands to commemorate the birthday of the world’s most loved statesman, Nelson Mandela, by committing to serve, uplift, and make a difference to the lives of all sentient beings on this earth.

This time of service is a reminder of the 67 years of his life that Mandela devoted to serving humanity — as a human rights lawyer, as a prisoner of conscience, as an international peacemaker, and as the first democratically elected President of South Africa.

Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela lived by three rules, most often at great personal sacrifice. These were — Free yourself. Free others. Serve every day.

Mandela Day presents all citizens of South Africa, and abroad, the wonderful opportunity to reflect and commit to taking positive action to initiate meaningful change.

One’s talents and financial standing is of no consequence, what does matter is that everyone has the ability and responsibility to change our world for the better.

This year is the celebration of Mandela’s 100th year so the clarion call goes out to every caring, responsible citizen to make a difference by doing something positive on Wednesday July 18.

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS OF WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION TO MANDELA DAY:

• Smile at someone who looks unhappy. It might be the only smile they receive all day.

• Meaningfully greet the person at the checkout till or the petrol attendant.

• Befriend someone from a different cultural background. Only through mutual respect and understanding can we rid ourselves of intolerance and xenophobia.

• Read to someone who can’t — the visually impaired; a child or elderly person.

• Help out at an animal shelter. Homeless animals need love and kindness too.

• Clean up your verge of litter.

• Use your skills to help someone without a job to write and print a CV. Help them with interview skills.

• Spend time chatting with someone who is lonely.

• Spend time playing with a child/children.

• Donate new or used blankets, clothing or toys to an organisation who will distribute them responsibly to the less fortunate.

• Help someone plant a food garden.

• Joyfully volunteer your time helping at any of the Mandela Day Centenary Projects being run in Greytown or the Umvoti District.

The Greytown Gazetteinvites individuals, schools, service organisations, and businesses of all sizes to share with the readership what you are doing to make a difference to our community this Mandela Day. Send your ideas to greytowngazette@gmail.com

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