Mandela Day, the birthday of Nelson Mandela, takes place on the 18th of July every year. It is also recognised by the UN as a special day. The day 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.

Each year in July, South Africans and people across the world dedicate sixty-seven minutes or more of their time to volunteering to help the needy. This is done in many ways to fight poverty, educating others, cleaning, providing shelter or being an active citizen.

Photo: Nelson Mandela Foundation

Here is a list of the things you can do to help the needy on Mandela day:

1.Become a blood donor

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) needs 3,000 units of blood every day to meet the ever-present and ever-growing demand for blood. 

2. Donate to hospitals 

Make ‘care kits’ including a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, facecloth and so on for patients at a nearby government hospital.

3. Donate food parcels for vulnerable families. 

Many families can’t put food on the table because they lost their source of income due to the lockdown. 

4. Help learners who are doing homeschooling with their school work online. 

Many parents have opted to homeschool their children because of COVID-19. During this time, parents chose to either do online schooling, use school textbooks and worksheets to keep up with school work and use alternative methods of educating their children at home

5. Buying data for students who are forced to do online learning 

Due to COVID-19, most students suddenly find themselves forced to use technology as they teach and learn online. However, many students, especially poor ones, require data that they usually can’t afford.

6. Pay rent on behalf of those who lost their jobs during the pandemic

Some people have found themselves homeless because they can’t afford to pay rent due to retrenchments in almost every industry.

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These are just a few ways you can help on Mandela day. If everyone contributes, South Africa will be a better place to live in, even during these challenging times.


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