Every year on International Mandela Day (18th of July), we celebrate not only the birth of Tata Madiba but his 67-year commitment to social justice and servant leadership.
On this day, we celebrate our rainbow nation and respond to a global call to action to harness our collective power to shape the world around us in a positive way.
By volunteering 67 minutes of our time, we are encouraged to act in kindness, amplify the voices of those that often go unheard, serve our local communities, churches, and charitable organizations or offer kind donations to support causes that inspire us.
What can I do on Mandela Day?
This Mandela day will be unlike any other. With the implementation of the national lockdown, there will be fewer events and available volunteering opportunities for individuals hoping to lend their support in person.
There are still however many opportunities to make a positive difference by pledging your 67 minutes.
Raise funds to support your local community
Set up a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy to raise funds for a person or community initiative. Click here to register your cause.
Here are some ideas of things you can fundraise for on Mandela Day.
- Raise funds to purchase digital food vouchers for families affected by the lockdown.
- Raise funds to put together Stationery/educational packs (pens, stickers, coloured paper, scissors, etc.) for teachers at an under-resourced school.
- Raise funds to make ‘care kits’ (including a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, face cloth, etc. ) for patients at a nearby government hospital.
- Raise funds to feed and clothe the homeless.
- Raise funds to refurbish a disadvantaged school or organisation (paint, broken windows, etc).
- Raise funds to purchase children’s books for an under-resourced school.
Raise funds to support a charity on BackaBuddy
On BackaBuddy, members of the public are invited to raise funds for various charities across South Africa by setting up their own fundraising campaigns.
Whether you are passionate about the SPCA, Smile Foundation, Trevor Noah Foundation, Hospice or The South African Bone Marrow Registry, there are countless charities on BackaBuddy in need of support.
Click here to raise funds for a charity on BackaBuddy.
Donate to a charity or cause you’re passionate about
#ImStaying NPC has launched a Mandela campaign on BackaBuddy to empower disadvantaged students across South Africa with an app by Reflective Learning to improve the maths ability and understanding of our future leaders.
In the fight against the spread of Covid19, the Gift of the Givers have launched a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy to empower doctors, nurses and medical staff on the frontline of the pandemic with the supplies and equipment needed to keep South Africans safe. Read More.
The Teddy Bear Foundation that cares for abused children, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy to support more than 670 vulnerable families with food and stationery items.
Lauren Juries and Tracy Gander have created a campaign on BackaBuddy to purchase enough blankets and slippers for 670 disadvantaged children living in Ottery, Cape Town with their #OtteryCAN initiative.
The Village Safe Haven has created a Mandela Day campaign on BackaBuddy to raise funds to cover the cost of transport, clothing, stationery, meals and remedial classes for the children in their care.
Volunteer your time
- Visit BackaBuddy’s Facebook page, and share a crowdfunding campaign that inspires you and encourage your family and friends to make a donation.
- Support the South African National Blood Service by donating blood at a centre near you.
- Register to become an organ donor with the Organ Donor Foundation.
- Register to become a bone marrow donor with the South African Bone Marrow Registry.
- Learn First Aid.
- Volunteer your skills at a charitable organisation.
- Share a positive South African story on Facebook group #IMSTAYING
- Donate old clothes to children’s home or homeless shelter.
- Donate books or magazines to your local library.
- Visit your local SPCA and adopt a pet that needs a loving home.
- Pick up groceries or medicine for an elderly person who is unable to go to the shops.
- Tutor someone who needs help learning your mother tongue.
- Clean up your neighbourhood or city park by picking up rubbish and removing graffiti.
- Set up a recycling system in your home.
- Plant a tree in your local park.
However you decide to celebrate your 67 minutes on Mandela Day, make an effort to inspire and care for your fellow South Africans. Together we can make a world of difference.