South African Cultural Observatory

The Start of Nelson Mandela Month 2019

BY 02.07.19

In July, South Africa celebrates former President Nelson Mandela's birthday. 18 July has been declared Nelson Mandela International Day, but as South Africans we embrace the chance to  celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life for the whole of July. This gives everyone the opportunity to heed the call to action for people to recognise their individual power to make an imprint and change the world around them.

A global movement for positive change begins with small actions. As each person acts, they fuel momentum toward positive change, raising awareness and expanding the reach of Mr Mandela’s values – fighting injustice, helping people in need and practicing reconciliation.

What can you do for Mandela Month

Here are some ideas on how you can contribute:

  • Contact your local HIV organisation  and find out how you can help.
  • Help out at your local hospice.
  • Many terminally ill people have no friends or family who can visit them. Take a little time to have a chat and find out what they need.
  • Donate toys to the children's ward at your local hospital.
  • Tutor kids in a school subject you are good at.
  • Donate your old computer to a school.
  • Donate books to a school.

Find more areas where you can volunteer your services on the Nelson Mandela Day website.

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