FOUR Nelson Mandela Bay charities are collaborating for the first time to raise funds and they will be hosting a virtual activity called #MandelaActive. They aim to gain support and funds for the lean winter months. The two areas of focus for the charities coming together on the project are education and economic empowerment. One of the charities is the Missionvale Care Centre, which works on a wide variety of projects in the disadvantaged area of Missionvale and collaborates extensively to provide the best effect for beneficiaries. Another is Artworks for Youth, which works specifically in education and supports learner development, aided by local and international sources, and Nightingale Trust, which identifies and trains individuals from disadvantaged communities and then places them with the elderly, infirm and others with specific care needs in Nelson Mandela Bay. The final charity is Early Inspiration, which trains early childhood development operators in challenged communities throughout the Eastern Cape, as well as the communities themselves, to provide early education interventions. Nelson Mandela would have turned 100 years old on July 18, this year. Each year many businesses and charities use the 67 Minutes for Mandela initiative to great effect. This year local residents are invited, even challenged, to do something a little different, a little more matched to their passions and hobbies, especially if they are unable to attend a charity event. #MandelaActive will be unlike anything hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay before, as it is a virtual event. Participants are being challenged to get active in their own way, time and space. Whether they like to run, surf, walk the dog or ride a bike or horse, the charities say, “Get Active for us on July 18”.“Our target is 5 000 people to get #MandelaActive, which would mean each charity receives a minimum of R50 000. This would increase the number of businesses wanting to partner with us for certain deliverables of the campaign, such as courier and printing services,” they declared in a recent statement.Members of the public can enter the virtual event at www.giveandget.co.za. Entry is R295 per person. Special Drifit sports shirts are also available to order at R175. For more info contact Steven on 076 027 5280.