It's been 100 years since the birth of the iconic Nelson Mandela, making this Mandela Day extra special.
Celebrated annually on 18 July, South Africans are challenged to complete 67 minutes of public service in honour of the example set by the late leader, which was characterised by courage, compassion and self-sacrifice.
'Be The Legacy' is this year's theme with a strong emphasis on contributing to those living in poverty.
Try one of Forgood's 100 volunteering activities
Forgood, an online volunteering platform, has created a list of 100 ways you can volunteer – and you don't even have to leave your house.
“Through technology, we’re making volunteering even more accessible for people to get involved in Mandela Day. The internet means that individuals can do their bit from just about anywhere – even if you’re glued to your desk at the office,” explains Forgood CEO Andy Hadfield.
Here's how to find the right volunteer activity for your abilities and time schedule:
1. Go to www.forgood.co.za
2. Click on Campaigns and select your province
3. Choose your Mandela Day opportunity
4. Connect with a cause
6. Share your Mandela Day planning with Forgood on: Facebook/forgoodSA, Twitter @forgoodSA, Instagram @forgoodSA
Help save a life with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) works to provide free mental health support to all South Africans at no charge, and everyday receive hundreds of calls from people at the risk of committing suicide.
But they need your support to spread awareness about their services. Here's how you can help:
- Donate R67 and pay for 14 key-rings with the SADAG Suicide Helpline number, these will be handed to be students so that they know where they can call for help.
- Donate R100 to cover the telephone costs for 5 calls to the SADAG Toll Free Crisis Helpline.
- Donate R167 to pay for a Teen Suicide Prevention Speaking Book that can reach over 100 youths.
- Donate R1,670 to help train 25 community members in rural areas in Gauteng, Limpopo or Mpumalanga, on depression, treating trauma, starting support groups and learning how SADAG can further help in their community
Visit www.sadag.org to make your donation.
How will your family be spending Mandela Day? Tell us by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org and we could publish your letter.
- From Tales for Adventurous Girls to The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela: 12 new books for you and the kids
- Teach your kids gratitude in 5 easy ways
- Ultimate life lessons for your kids
Sign up for our weekly newsletter to receive Parent24 stories directly to your inbox.