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What are you doing this Mandela Day?

Nelson Mandela International Day is taking place on 18th July, with a call to action to strive to make the world a better place for all. Nelson Mandela fought for social justice for 67 years, the campaign message asks that each person set aside 67 minutes to make the world a kinder and better place for all. Here at Prim-Ed Publishing, we have compiled some suggestions on how you could spend your ‘67 minutes’ this Mandela Day.

  1. Make up care packages of essential supplies (toiletries, clothing and food) for those less fortunate in your local community and donate these packages to your local charity.
  2. Volunteer at a home for the elderly and spend time speaking with the residents.
  3. Sign up to become an organ donor or donate blood at your local blood donor clinic.
  4. Offer to join a local community group to encourage recycling of rubbish in your area.
  5. Reach out to someone outside of your immediate local community and culture and befriend them to share cultural experiences to foster tolerance and understanding.
  6. Donate books to your local library.
  7. Help out at a local children’s home or orphanage.
  8. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
  9. Organise a food drive with donations to a local charity, to distribute to families in need.
  10. Tutor someone in your area of expertise.

The above list serves as a short guide, but there are countless things you can do in your local community this Mandela Day to make the world a kinder, happier place. Look at your immediate community and see how you can improve the lives of other people. In the words of Nelson Mandela: “Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronisingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future”.