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6 Ideas for Mandela Day

For those of you who haven’t checked your calendar recently, this Thursday, 18 July, is Mandela Day! Haven’t yet thought of how you’re going to spend your 67 minutes? Don’t panic…

What are you doing this Thursday?

What are you doing this Thursday?

On the 18th of July every year, thousands of people celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday by giving 67 minutes of their time to do something that will help make the world a better place in honour of the man who dedicated his life to fighting for human rights.

Ideas range from fixing potholes in your street, to helping someone with their CV so they can apply for a job, to spending time with the kids at a children’s home.There really is no end to the number of things you can do to be a part of this day. But if you’re stuck for ideas, we’d love to help you out!

Here’s a list we’ve put together of some ways you can get in on the action in Cape Town:

1. Lend a hand at Newkidz’s Siviwe House Revamp in Woodstock

2. Team with Living Hope and clear alien invasive plants!

From 10am to 3pm on 18 July, help clear alien invasive plants from a property so that it can be used for agriculture, training and empowerment in the future! This will be happening at Living Hope’s head office in Sun Valley. Contact Mario on 073 279 9190 for more info.

3. Join Stop Hunger Now’s food packing event at Canal Walk

4. Get gardening and help renovate a playground at Westlake United Church Trust

A group is needed of around 5-8 people to help reseal playground equipment and do some general garden maintenance at WUCT in Westlake. The sealer and brushes will be provided, but you’ll need to bring your own gardening equipment. Email us if you’re interested.

5. Help out at U-turn

U-turn has a number of volunteer opportunities available, from helping sort clothing for their second-hand store to, if you’re keen for some heavy lifting, moving filing cabinets! You could also drop off soup or stew in disposable containers, or get a team together to help chop vegetables for the soup kitchen. For more info, email U-turn.

6. Join the Mandela Day Human Chain!

On Thurs, 18th July, between 1-2pm, a group of people will be joining hands along Klipfontein Road to form a human chain to symbolize Nelson Mandela’s dream of a unified, non-racial South Africa.  The Human Chain will span between Rondebosch – Athlone – Gugulethu. For more info, visit their Facebook page.

And if you’re still needing help, read our list of 67 ideas for Mandela Day from last year!

So what are you planning on doing? We’d love to hear 🙂

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67 Ideas for Mandela Day

On Wed, 18 July, people from across the globe are going to be celebrating Nelson Mandela’s birthday by giving 67 minutes of their time to make the world a better place.

We think everyday should be Mandela Day (not just 67 minutes once a year!) but this is still a great way to inspire people to respond. And maybe what starts as 67 minutes turns into 67 weeks, 67 days, and maybe even 67 years!

If you’re slightly behind in your planning this year and haven’t  come up with any amazing ideas yet, don’t panic. We put our heads together and came up with not one, not two, but 67 great ideas for you to choose from! (We may have buckled at 20 and trawled the Internet for some inspiration…)

1. Bake cupcakes (or put together care packs) for teachers at an under-resourced school

2. Do a neighbourhood clean-up armed with plastic gloves and black bags

3. Sort donated clothes at U-turn or The Warehouse

4. Help serve  lunch or dinner at a soup kitchen

5. Make ‘care kits’ (including a comb,  toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and face cloth )for patients at a nearby government hospital

6. Throw a tea party for the children at a children’s home

7. Offer to mow the lawn and fix up the garden at a nursing home or hospice

8. Visit Christina’s Café in Sweet Home Farm for tea

9. Host a meal packaging event through Stop Hunger Now

10. Organise a blanket drive

11. As an office, make sandwiches to hand out to people living on the street

12. Organise a fun outing for children in an HIV/Aids programme

13. Read stories to children at a children’s home

14. Learn First Aid

15. Give blood

16. Become an organ donor

17. Host a dinner where the meal budget is R5 per person

18. Do a sponsored walk/hike/swim

19. Set up a recycling system for your home

20. Create a car pool schedule with your colleagues

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