‘No greater gift than giving your time and energy to help others without expecting anything’
On Wednesday, 18 July, the world will be celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. And rightly so, since Madiba has given us much to be grateful for.
South Africans will use this day as an opportunity to do an act of kindness in their communities. Each year on Madiba’s birthday, locals give 67 minutes of their day to continue his legacy and make this country a better place for all to live in.
Mandela is celebrated not only in South Africa but all over the world, not just for his efforts in uplifting the nation but also in reminding us of the values of humanity and kindness. Everyone is encouraged to take part in 67 minutes of giving back to society. There is an abundance of activities to get involved in – it is a day of selflessness. If you not sure how you can contribute towards the change, then here are some ideas to choose from.
Mandela Day at DARG
Participate in the various activities lined up for young and old at DARG. From cleaning, sorting, making enrichment toys, facility maintenance and planting herbs, to dog-walking orientations, kiddies activities and even dipping items in concrete for our stand at Homemakers Expo.
When: 18 July 2018, 10am – 2pm
Main Road, Hout Bay, 7806
Obs Pasta Kitchen
Every Wednesday at 6pm, Obs Pasta Kitchen offers a hot bowl of pasta to the many needy residents (often homeless) and passers-through in Observatory, at St. Michael’s Church. It’s more than providing a meal, it’s about creating connections with the people on the streets and developing a long-term strategy to help elevate their lives. If you want to use this as an opportunity to contribute towards this initiative then join the team at 4pm to cook or 5.45pm to serve and/or engage with the community.
When: 18 July 2018, 4pm – 7pm
St. Michael’s Road, Observatory 7806
Mandela Day Maker Space & ECD
Learning in Reach gives you an opportunity to make a tangible impact on Early Childhood Development, celebrating what would have been Madiba’s 100th birthday. Participate in what aims to be the biggest giving day in Africa! The classroom resources you will create at the Maker Space, accompanied by training in how to use them, will equip ECD and Grade R teachers with materials, enabling them to deliver more engaging hands-on lessons for children in their care and to provide more concrete learning opportunities.
When: 18 July: 9am – 4pm
The Watershed, 17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront 8001, Cape Town
Golf for good
Everyone’s invited to Rays of Hope’s ‘Golf for Good’ charity golf day on Madiba’s birthday. Join them having a blast on the golf course with golfing friends and clients, whilst creating lasting change in Alex.
When: 18 July 2018, 9.30am – 8pm
Corner William Nicol Drive & St. Andrews Road, Sandton, Gauteng 2196
Mandela Day Yoga
Yoga Works invites everyone to gather at the historic Constitution Hill (South Africa) in Braamfontein and work through 27 yoga poses to honour the great courage and beauty of the late Nelson Mandela. Many of the yoga poses remind us of the strength and compassion of Madiba: hero pose, humble warrior pose, mountain pose, fierce pose and many more. This event supports the neighbouring organisation Lefika La Phodiso – Community Art Counselling and Training Institute. They use are counseling to help youth affected by traumatic experiences. They are inviting 50 of their young clients to participate in the event.
When: 21 July 2018, 10am – 11h15am
Freedom Square, 11 Kortze Street, Braamfontein
Treasure Hunt ‘100 locks’
For just R100 you can contribute to this incredible event and leave your footprint at Woodrock Animal Rescue. Make your commitment to the animals who are locked away without a choice, without a voice. When you arrive you will get a chain and lock attached to your arm, and you will then hunt for the key to unlock and free yourself. Woodrock will give you a ‘Treasure Hunt’ script to follow around the premises. When your key is found, you can unlock the lock and chain – a feeling of freedom! The lock will then be locked onto the fence at the entrance to our shelter known as the “bridge of commitment to animals’. By doing so you will be locking your heart into animal welfare. This lock will be your personal commitment to a great man’s vision. Taking the key home with you will be a reminder of animals locked away without a voice, without a choice, that depend on man.
When: 15 July 2018, 10am – 3pm
Woodrock Animal Rescue, Plot 51, R511
KZN Children’s Hospital
Contribute your 67 minutes to the KZN Children’s Hospital and help them to construct our Rainbow Tower by buying a bring for R100 (either on the day) or online here.
Mandela Day Activities Include:
- #BuyABrick Campaign
- Painting of External Perimeter Hoarding
- Hospital Artwork Station 1: Painting of Canvases
- Hospital Artwork Station 2: Painting of Mandela Portraits
- Guided walking tours of the Old Main Building
- Mobile health services
- General garden maintenance
These activities are a few you can participate in.
When: 18 July 2018, 9am – 4pm
Prince Street, South Beach, 4000 Durban
Grace Family Church
Spend your Mandela Day at the uMhlanga Campus where they will have a range of activities you and your colleagues can be part of. Get involved in making sandwiches, rolling yarn, planting seedlings, or donating blood. Your efforts will benefit a number of NGO partners, and throughout the day they will be building the South African flag out of cupcakes.
When: 18 July 2018, 11am – 2pm
400 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, 4319 Umhlanga Rocks
Nelson Mandela Capture Site
A visit to the Nelson Mandela Capture site will leave you a little more informed about this great man. At the site, you will be taken through a journey of Madiba’s life, from his early years to his political influences and struggles. The site itself is the exact place Nelson Mandela was flagged down and captured by apartheid police. There is a small café and coffee shop to grab something to snack on while you take in the stunning art installation that commemorates Madiba. There are activities to keep the children busy too; a swimming pool, jungle gym, trampoline and rolling lawns.
When: 18 July 2018, 9am – 4pm
Mandela Capture Site, R103, Howick
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