Mandela Day: Offer charity, but also pursue justice

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Commemorating Mandela Day during Covid-19 means we can’t go and drop off our old clothes or spend a few hours cooking and feeding people or cuddling cute babies to give them tactile time. Picture: Schalk van Zuydam/AP Photo
Commemorating Mandela Day during Covid-19 means we can’t go and drop off our old clothes or spend a few hours cooking and feeding people or cuddling cute babies to give them tactile time. Picture: Schalk van Zuydam/AP Photo

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Every July 18, we are encouraged to respond to former president Nelson Mandela’s call to take on the burden of leadership by addressing the world’s social injustices.

On Nelson Mandela International Day, or in honour of this day, individuals and corporates engage in many charitable initiatives, such as dedicating a morning to spending time with kids in underprivileged schools; visiting old-age homes to offer treats and company to the elderly; and donating toys, books, clothing and food to families in need.

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