“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” – Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela International Day is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation encourages people to carry out their volunteer work for the long term, starting on Mandela Day.
In time for Nelson Mandela International Day (known as Mandela Day) on 18 July, which has become synonymous with charitable work, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has compiled a handy guide if you are wondering what you can do with your time.
The emphasis, though, is not to limit your contribution to 67 minutes but rather to make charitable work a regular occurrence. That way, there will be a long-term positive effect on those who are being helped.
Here’s the list of suggestions, outlining practical things to do, from the foundation:
- Make stationery packs (pens, stickers, coloured paper, scissors, etc.) for teachers at an under-resourced school;
- Sort donated clothes at U-turn or The Warehouse, but call before time to organise, the foundation advises;
- Volunteer your time at a Haven Night Shelter;
- Find your nearest fixed donor site and give blood;
- Offer to fix things at a local school or organisation;
- Help to build a home with Habitat for Humanity’s International Mandela Day Build Week;
- Donate educational materials to Breadline Africa;
- Organise a fun outing for children in an HIV/Aids programme;
- Make “care kits”, including things like a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, face cloth, and so on, for patients at a government hospital;
- Throw a tea party for the children and carers at a children’s home;
- Offer to mow the lawn and fix up the garden at a nursing home or hospice;
- Hold a teddy bear or book drive for a children’s home;
- Teach someone how to use a computer and the internet;
- Tutor someone who needs help learning your mother tongue;
- Donate your old computer to an under-resourced school;
- Tutor pupils from under-resourced schools;
- Donate books to your local library; and,
- Offer to attend a high school class to talk to students about your career.