This year marks the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, and 18 July is Nelson Mandela Day, which means we’re all getting involved to make a positive contribution to our society. Yes, all of us.

How to get involved

With so much that needs to be done, it can feel a little overwhelming deciding how you will spend your 67 minutes. Start with the causes that are close to your heart, whether it’s healthcare, poverty, literacy or the environment.

Some ideas

  • Donate books (especially children’s books) to the Diepsloot Library
  • Register as a reading volunteer or help to spruce up a reading space in an underprivileged school
  • Donate blood – our SANBS centre is at the Forest Road Design and Decor Centre on Sunset Avenue
  • Register as an organ or bone marrow donor – or both!
  • Help Pick n Pay and Food Forward’s food drive. They are aiming to raise 1 000 000 meals!
  • Clear out your cupboards at home and donate clothes and blankets
  • Commit to knitting a square (or many) for the 67 Blanket Drive (they call their volunteers KnitWits!)
  • Pick up litter in your neighbourhood
  • Introduce yourself to your neighbours
  • Donate money to a nonprofit organisation

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Regular acts of kindness

You don’t have to wait for 18 July to get involved. Every one of our actions makes a difference (however small). Just imagine what South Africa could be if we all did something regularly. Let’s make it happen.



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