12 Ways to Give Back this Mandela Day
This July 18 marks the sixth Mandela Day. Since 2010, the young and old have been encouraged to spend 67 minutes giving back on the icon’s birthday. Do you know how you will spend your 67 minutes? Here are a few ideas, Mkaya.
What you can do to give back this Mandela Day
Mandela Day is guided by four themes: food security, education and literacy, shelter and infrastructure, and environment. For 2016, aim to take your efforts beyond the 67 minutes
- Donate a community food garden, provide enough supplies to keep the garden going for few months. Can 67 meals come from that garden?
- Get your friends together and create a pot luck lunch for a home for the elderly where you each bring different cooked food to create the meal.
- Collect nonperishable food (tinned goods, dry foods) and donate the items to a food bank that feeds families who need the food. Try to raise enough food for 67 meals.
Education and literacy
- Create a reading day at the local library, 67 minutes of reading every Saturday morning.
- Share your skills. If you can knit, sew, bake or play an instrument, this is your chance to help others shine. Passing on a skill takes time, sign up for a few 67 minutes.
- Participate in a career day with matriculants and grade nine learners, share insights into your field.
Shelter and infrastructure
- Help paint a wall. Murals are a great way to breathe new life in to a space.
- Spend your 67 minutes for Mandela cleaning an elderly neighbour’s house. Consider it spring cleaning only early.
- Help redecorate a place of safety such as a shelter, orphanage or even a sanctuary for rescued animals.
- Organise a clean-up session in your community where you go around picking up litter and educating your neighbours about why littering is bad for the environment.
- Meet with your neighbours and encourage them to separate their recyclable household waste from the rest. Engage the informal recyclers who collect recyclables from your neighbourhood and see if there’s any way you can make things for them.
- Commit to save water. Don’t use your hosepipe (to wash your car or water your garden), start with 67 days of this.
Before you get started, look around your community and see if there are organisations that need your help
There are our 12 ideas for giving back this Mandela Day! How are you planning on giving back?