Do good this Mandela Day

2016-07-14 06:00

HOW will you spend 67 minutes of your time on Monday, Mandela Day?

The global initiative aims not only to honour Madiba’s legacy, but to inspire change.

People are encouraged to spend 67 minutes of the day doing good for the less fortunate.

The lower South Coast has numerous charities that one can choose from to support on this day.

Give a Child a Family in Margate cares for over 100 orphaned and vulnerable children a year, including babies as young as three days.

“We would like to appeal to South Coasters to support us this Mandela Day with donations of baby and children’s toiletries, such as nappies, baby lotion, wet wipes, shampoo, toothpaste, soap and any non-perishable food items,” said Samantha Podmore, mananger of resource development at the organisation.

Rice, samp, cereals, pasta or tinned goods are welcome.

Secure donations can also be made through the website

The Cansa office in Port Shepstone is looking for a sponsor to assist with making mobile screenings in an area of a sponsor­s choice.

“We would love to have food parcels donated for our patients who are unable to get an income due to illnesses or being care-givers. We currently feed five patients, but would like to increase that number,” said Sesethu Senene, community mobiliser.

Nappies, meal replacements such as Ensure, Futurelife or Pedisure are also welcome.

“If someone is willing to reach for the stars, we would love to have a car, the size of an Avanza so we can transport patients from the lower South Coast to hospitals in Durban for treatment, instead of having to take public transport or missing treatment all together due to transport issues,” she said.

Di van Dyk, CEO of South Coast Hospice said the organisation would appreciate frozen soups for the in-patient unit and jerseys for children.

“A wall in the building needs cleaning and painting. The painting can be decorative or plain. We also need someone to assist with cleaning in our garage, which is used as a clinic once a month,” said Van Dyk.

Hospice would also like to have a garden for Madiba, people to assist with working in the charity shops and donation of goods, which can be sold.


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