MANDELA DAY – JULY 18 – SOME IDEAS FOR ACTION
Next Tuesday is Mandela Day, celebrated around the world.
The call to action is to spend 67 minutes of your time making a difference.
But what to do?
At www.sagoodnews.co.za we receive many contributions on how each one of us can make a small difference.
Below are THREE of them.
Please, try and do just a little, 67 minutes ☺
Justin Foxton who runs firstname.lastname@example.org, an organisation that cares for abandoned babies suggests:
#1. “We have put together a website called www.my67.org.za
Here we have categories that will appeal to just about everyone: care, collect, cook, craft, or contribute. Spend your 67 minutes caring for a baby; cook baby food for 67 minutes (either at home or on-site), do 67 minutes of DIY at our Hammarsdale Child Care Centre; use your crafting skills to help create a wall mural; collect second hand adult and baby clothes or toys. There is something for everyone, teams and individuals alike.
#2. 7 Simple Actions to Green SA this Mandela Day
- Plant an indigenous tree
- Make an effort to green SA the simple way – plant a tree to encourage local wildlife, birds and insects. Consider planting the tree in a community without many trees.
- Find a glass bank and recycle
- It’s really easy to find a place where you can recycle your glass bottles and jars! Visit www.tgrc.co.za to find a recycling bank for your glass – there’s over 4 000 glass banks in SA!
- Support a collector
- If you don’t have time to drop off your recycling, be courteous and separate your recyclables from your food waste to help out the collectors who look for recyclables in your rubbish bin each week. You may also want to leave out a pair of gardening gloves to make their work a little easier.
- Clean up a spruit, beach or roadside
- Gather a group of likeminded individuals to spend a few hours picking up rubbish at a local beach, river course or littered spot in your neighbourhood.
- Return your bottles
- Take back your returnable glass bottles to your nearest retailer where you can receive a refund. Returnable bottles include certain spirit, soft drink and quart (750ml) beer bottles.
- Support an environmental charity or wildlife rehabilitation organisation
- Find a local wildlife rehabilitation centre, environmental charity or environmental education organisation and ask if they need volunteers. Though this can be hard work it can be very rewarding.
- Encourage your workplace, complex, school or community centre to apply for a glass bank
- If you’re unable to do any of the above activities during Mandela Month, encourage your friends and family to recycle and think twice about throwing away items that could easily be recycled! You can also encourage your complex, office park or school to apply for a glass bank where the community can recycle here. (http://theglassrecyclingcompany.co.za/application-for-placement-of-glass-banks/)
#3. Make your act have impact this Mandela Day, www.forgood.co.za
Does every good act lead to impact? This is the question all South Africans should be asking as they prepare to invest 67 minutes of their time to Mandela Day on 18 July. The answer, according to forgood, an online platform that connect individuals and businesses to accredited causes, is less about what you do than how you do it.
“Like all good relationships, volunteering is about finding the perfect match for your time, skills and passions. You need to have an interest in the cause, in the work they’re doing and the opportunities they’re creating, or it won’t work,” says Andy Hadfield, CEO of www.forgood.co.za.
There is no doubt that Nelson Mandela’s actions continue to have a positive impact on society. So how can we follow his example by making sure we invest our time wisely this Mandela Day? Forgood offers some tips to make sure your charitable act has impact, long after your 67 minutes are done.
FIVE ways to turn ACT into IMPACT:
- Charity starts at home: Or close to it. Find a cause near your work or community. You’ll be surprised how many causes are in your hood – proximity will ensure you can make yourself available to them in a way that’s convenient and cost effective for everyone.
- Match skills with needs: Causes need computer geeks, writers and accountants as much as they need walls painted and boxes packed. Match your personal or professional skills with a cause that wants and needs them.
- Spring clean with purpose: Cleaning out your garage or cupboards? Don’t dump your perfectly reusable stuff. Match your goods with a cause who needs them – now that’s lasting impact!
- Don’t overcommit – commit to a time and honour it. Causes rely and plan around volunteers. If you don’t show up, many people are let down.
- Follow your heart – Find a cause that meets your passions and use your skills to turn your act into impact.
Looking for the perfect match for your passion, skills and donations this Mandela Day? Visit www.forgood.co.za and match your interests with accredited causes to ensure smart and sustainable impact.
Forgood is an online platform that connects ordinary people to reputable causes where they can choose to donate goods, volunteer or even offer their skilled services to a cause in need. The site has more than 1 300 different opportunities and 500 social causes for people to choose from nationwide.
Visit the Mandela Day 2017 Campaign here: