It’s almost time to celebrate the birthday of former President Nelson Mandela. But the 18th of July is so much more than celebrating a great man, it’s about changing the world for the better.

Here are some of our ideas on how you can celebrate Mandela Day, and they are so easy you can do them at any time.

  1. Donate school supplies to schools or kids in need.
  2. Help restore a school, community centre or park.
  3. Buy a coffee or even a meal for the car guard.
  4. Go through your bookshelf and donate some of your old books to a library, school, hospice, or charity shop.
  5. Get the family or the neighbours together and clean up the graffiti in the neighbourhood.
  6. When you go for your daily walk, take a plastic bag with you and pick up the rubbish littering the streets.
  7. Donate money, food, toys, or blankets to your local animal shelter.
  8. Volunteer at an animal shelter near you.
  9. Go to an old age home and visit one of the residents who don’t get lots (or any) of visitors.
  10. Smile at people (someone in an aisle, the lady behind the till, the guy at the robot, anyone you encounter) and ask them how they are – be friendly.
  11. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or a feeding scheme.
  12. Donate blankets to orphanages or homeless shelters.
  13. Donate sporting equipment to a local youth or children’s centre.
  14. Take seeds to a rural or underprivileged school or centre and help them plant it.
  15. Donate toys and books to a children’s ward in a public hospital.
  16. Read to someone who can’t.
  17. Take someone you know can’t afford it to get their eyes tested.
  18. Donate blood.
  19. Volunteer at or donate to a school or hostel for people with special needs.
  20. Sign up for a Saturday school to help teach underprivileged matriculants.
  21. Buy female hygiene products to take to a women’s shelter.
  22. Organise a meet-and-greet with your neighbours, you’ll feel safer knowing the people around you.
  23. Unplug your unused appliances.
  24. Take your weed-eater or Q20 to your local park and clean away the rust and weeds.
  25. Donate money to train a police or guide dog.
  26. Sign up as an organ donor.
  27. Take a treat to your local police or fire station to show your support.
  28. Plant a tree and start giving plants as gifts.
  29. Recycle.
  30. Pick a charity and hold a Christmas in July party, where all the guests donate to the charity.

If you’re still unsure about what you can do or of what’s happening in your area, just ASK ONCE – we know how to answer all your questions. Simply call 084 11 438 48.

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