15 ways to give back this Nelson Mandela Day

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Caption: Knitwhits4Madiba at the #67BlanketsForNelsonMandelaDay Family Hook-up Day at Naval Hill in Bloemfontein. Photo: Seithati Semenokane

If you’re scratching around for ideas for Mandela Day, don’t panic, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has issued a guide with a few ideas to help you.

The guide is intended to help the millions who celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day (known as Mandela Day) on July 18 every year.

Nelson Mandela International Day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009 and is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact.

Here are some suggestions on how you can give back this Mandela Day:

  1. Put together stationery packs (pens, stickers, coloured paper, scissors, etc.) for teachers at an under-resourced school
  2. Make sandwiches to give to people living on the street
  3. Donate blood
  4. Offer to fix things at a local school or organisation (paint, broken windows, etc)
  5. Organise a fun outing for children in an HIV/Aids programme
  6. Make ‘care kits’ (including a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, face cloth, etc) for patients at a nearby government hospital
  7. Throw a tea party for the children and care givers at a children’s home
  8. Offer to mow the lawn and fix up the garden at a nursing home or hospice
  9. Hold a teddy bear or book drive for a children’s home
  10. Teach someone how to use a computer and the Internet
  11. Tutor someone who needs help learning your mother tongue
  12. Donate your old computer to an under-resourced school
  13. Tutor pupils from under-resourced schools
  14. Donate books to your local library
  15. Offer to attend a high school class to talk to students about your career

 

Caption: Knitwhits4Madiba at the #67BlanketsForNelsonMandelaDay Family Hook-up Day at Naval Hill in Bloemfontein. Photo: Seithati Semenokane

Source: Nelson Mandela Foundation

Compiled by Seithati Semenokane / Courant News