Good deeds to do this Mandela Day

2018-07-19 06:01
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THE fight for social justice was a 67 year struggle.

A great politician and the father of the Nation began the historical revolution for equal rights and fairness of South Africans.

In the early 60’s the barrier between civil rights, gender rights and fairness began to break as the term ‘social justice’ broadened in a political tone. South Africa saw social justice as the anti-apartheid movement and many fought to abolish racial discrimination and to promote rights for the vulnerable.

We honour July 18 as Mandela Day where we celebrate Madiba’s life and legacy while acknowledging he’s fight. “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.” – Nelson Mandela.

A South African tradition began in 2009 where not just South Africans but also people from all over the world take 67 minutes from their day and dedicate it to doing something to honour the 67 years that Nelson Mandela fought for social justice. If you are looking for ideas for Mandela day or are willing to lend a helping hand as a way to give back there are some organisations on the South Coast that are in need of assistance and have a wish list for volunteers. South Coast Hospice provides palliative care for the terminally ill, there wish list requests are preparing vegetable soup for patients (most patients cannot chew or eat heavy meals), sandwiches to acknowledge the nurses and care givers, painting (bright and cheerful), washing of windows and vehicles, a mosaic wall that needs completing and a donation box that can be held at malls or businesses to collects funds for the organisation, Contact Di Van Dyk on 082 308 6300 for more information. Child Welfare Port Shepstone run programmes throughout the year and can be contacted if you would like to assist.

“There are many local families that are in need of assistance, what we’re actually doing this Mandela Day is allocating individuals or businesses to assist a family. If people wish to volunteer as a group or individually they are most welcome to,” said a social worker at Child Welfare Khosi Tshazi, contact 039 682 0073 to find out more.

CANSA Port Shepstone has recently closed their Port Shepstone office and is operating from Durban.

“We travel to Port Shepstone weekly providing care for South Coast cancer patients, donations of food parcels will help tremendously. In Durban we have a care centre called Mkhuhla Care home where we accommodate cancer patients from all over KwaZulu-Natal and transport them to and from their treatment as well as providing three meals daily. Food parcel donations will be a great help,” said community mobilizer at CANSA Sesethu Senene.

For more information call 031 205 9525.

The Lower South Coast SPCA wish list requests for volunteers are to help upgrade gardens which cats and dogs play in, putting together garden fountains that were donated and collecting of food for cats and dogs, to find out more about how you can help contact Dalene Erasmus from the SPCA on 072 878 5721. Nelson Mandela left a legacy that demands a positive world of peace and unity, make your 67 minutes count.

“It is in your hands to create a better world for all those who live in it. The change starts with you.” — Nelson Mandela.

THE fight for social justice was a 67-year struggle.

A great politician and the Father of the Nation began the historical revolution for equal rights and fairness of South Africans.

In the early 60s the barrier between civil rights, gender rights and fairness began to break as the term ‘social justice’ broadened in a political tone. South Africa saw social justice as the anti-apartheid movement and many fought to abolish racial discrimination and to promote rights for the vulnerable.

We honour July 18 as Mandela Day where we celebrate Madiba’s life and legacy while acknowledging his fight. “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.” — Nelson Mandela.

The South African tradition began in 2009 where not just South Africans, but also people from all over the world, take 67 minutes from their day and dedicate it to doing something to honour the 67 years that Mandela fought for social justice. If you are looking for ideas for Mandela day or are willing to lend a helping hand as a way to give back there are some organisations on the South Coast that are in need of assistance and have a wish list for volunteers. South Coast Hospice provides palliative care for the terminally ill, their wish list requests are preparing vegetable soup for patients (most patients cannot chew or eat heavy meals), sandwiches to acknowledge the nurses and care givers, painting (bright and cheerful), washing of windows and vehicles, a mosaic wall that needs completing and a donation box that can be held at malls or businesses to collects funds for the organisation, Contact Di Van Dyk on 082 308 6300 for more information. Child Welfare Port Shepstone run programmes throughout the year and can be contacted if you would like to assist.

“There are many local families that are in need of assistance, what we’re actually doing this Mandela Day is allocating individuals or businesses to assist a family. If people wish to volunteer as a group or individually they are most welcome to,” said a social worker at Child Welfare, Khosi Tshazi. Contact 039 682 0073 to find out more.

CANSA Port Shepstone has recently closed their Port Shepstone office and is operating from Durban.

“We travel to Port Shepstone weekly providing care for South Coast cancer patients, donations of food parcels will help tremendously. In Durban we have a care centre called Mkhuhla Care home where we accommodate cancer patients from all over KwaZulu-Natal and transport them to and from their treatment as well as providing three meals daily. Food parcel donations will be a great help,” said community mobiliser at CANSA, Sesethu Senene.

For more information call 031 205 9525.

The Lower South Coast SPCA’s wish list requests for volunteers to help upgrade gardens which cats and dogs play in, putting together garden fountains that were donated and collection of food for cats and dogs. To find out more about how you can help contact Dalene Erasmus from the SPCA on 072 878 5721. Nelson Mandela left a legacy that demands a positive world of peace and unity.

“It is in your hands to create a better world for all those who live in it. The change starts with you.” — Nelson Mandela.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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