Every year on 18 July, we celebrate Mandela Day. A day where people around the world are encouraged to spend at least 67 minutes doing something positive for their communities.
This year will somehow be different as we’re in lockdown and our new normal doesn’t allow social gatherings or people to give back the way they know best – which is spending time with the less fortunate or visiting the elderly.
And if you are eager to help but are not sure where to start due to our current reality, worry no further. Here are just a few easy ways to give back this Mandela Day and every day thereafter.
HOW YOU CAN GIVE BACK THIS MANDELA DAY
The Blood Bank is laways in need of blood. Less than 1% of South Africans are active blood donors. A unit of blood only lasts 42 days after donation so, for this reason, it is important to donate regularly. Donors can give blood as often as every eight weeks. And if you are over the age of 16 and weigh more than 50kg, go to your nearest South African National Blood Service to donate.
Give blankets to the homeless
It’s the coldest time of the year so collect blankets and give them to a homeless shelter. And if you wish to do more for the less fortunate and abused, you can also visit the Salvation Army website.
Donate sanitary pads
When you’re out getting essentials, buy extra female hygiene products and drop off packs, with a personalised message on each, to your closest women’s shelter.
Clear out your wardrobe
Donating your old clothes is a great way of helping the community as this can make a great difference to an individual or organisation. Collect items you and your family no longer need, but are not worn out, put them in a bag and drop them off at an orphanage or charity shop.
Feed the homeless
Cook a big meal and serve as many homeless people in your areas as you possible can. Don’t forget to adhere to the Covid-19 regulations while doing so.
ABOUT MANDELA DAY
The United Nations officially declared 18 July, Madiba’s birthday, as Nelson Mandela International Day. It is a “global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact”.