10 Fulfilling Ways To Spend Your 67 Minutes This Mandela Day. People around the world are encouraged to spend at least 67 minutes doing something positive for their communities. I’s never too late to take part. Here a some tips on how you can assist.
1. Feed the Hungry in the Community
This Mandela Day, why not get together with a group of friends and put together food packages? A few loaves of bread, some milk and a few cans of non-perishables can go a long way to those in need! Take a drive through your local community and hand them out to people in need.
2. Spend time with the Elderly
For Mandela Day this year, consider spending an hour in an old age home, visiting those that we sometimes tend to forget and having a conversation with the older folks in the community. Another option could be to take an elderly neighbour of yours and do their shopping or chores in town.
3. Spend time with the Young People
How about offering to spend 67 minutes in one of your local schools or orphanages, playing with the children or reading to them? You could even offer to provide extra classes or tutor some of the children struggling with a subject you excel in! Most schools are happy to accommodate students who are willing to provide help and service in whatever manner possible!
4. Help Renovate Your Community Buildings
Take a look around your community for places that need a touch up. You can help with painting, moving, cleaning and building. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a project come together, whether it be adding a new lick of paint to a room desperately needing paint, or sanding down desks in a school which cannot afford new desks.
5. Help Clean Up Your Community
Do a neighborhood clean-up armed with plastic gloves and black bags. You and a group of other locals can spend an hour cleaning up your local community by picking up litter and rubbish. It may seem like a small act, but spending an hour doing something for your community will make a difference.
6. Help Women Who Can’t Afford Sanitary Pads
When shopping, buy extra female hygiene products and drop off packs, with a personalized message on each, to a women’s shelter for the abused. Or alternatively drop sanitary pads off at schools. Many school girls miss classes because they can’t afford a pad.
7. Speak To Local Business
If a paint shop can sponsor t-shirts for a golf day at a primary school then surely they can part with a bucket of white paint for a hospital wall. By getting goods and services providers on board with your prospective initiative, you’d be able to do more good than you would on your own.
8. Join Other Causes
Check out www.forgood.co.za and volunteer your time, donate goods and create an offer which others can get involved in. Forgood is an online platform that connects passionate people with needy organisations. It is a social market place where skills, goods, services and information can easily be offered and asked for.
9. Help Save Sick Kids
The Children’s Hospital Trust is a non-profit organisation that looks after sick kids at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. They do amazing work and the donations received are used towards the projects and programs that the hospital funds. They are celebrating Madiba’s love for children by encouraging companies to donate their website’s homepage for 67 minutes this Mandela Day.
10. Join The Cape Town Beach Clean-up
CleanC help keep Cape Town’s beaches clean and free of litter. Beach clean-ups run on the first Saturday of every month starting at 10am and Capetonians are encouraged to give of their time to help clean up the beaches. Gloves and bags are provided and it’s a great way to soak up the sun while doing some good in the world. On 18 July, the NGO is holding a beach walk/run for Mandela Day.