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Medihelp challenges you to make a difference on Mandela Day

  •   by Medihelp
  •   18 July 2017
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Every year, people all over the world celebrate Madiba’s birthday on 18 July by participating in Mandela Day. This charity drive requires that you spend a mere 67 minutes of your time contributing to a cause that would make a difference in your community.

You don’t have to spend a fortune or travel around the world to make a difference. Here are some ideas:
  • Join a feeding scheme at a homeless shelter or church in your community. Spend your 67 minutes feeding people who do not have the luxury of regular meals.
  • Visit an animal shelter like Wetnose or the SPCA and assist the staff in bathing, walking and playing with the animals waiting for forever homes.
  • Get involved at a local old-age home. Take some board games like Scrabble and a supply of snacks with you and spend an entertaining afternoon with the residents.
  • Contact children’s homes in your community and find out what kind of assistance they need. Organise a drive to collect the items they need or help to do necessary maintenance on their premises.
  • Donate blood.
  • Donate money to a worthy cause.
  • Raise your voice to help protect vulnerable people or animals. Sign a petition against violence/poaching/abuse – whatever you feel passionate about.
  • Donate time and skills. Ask local schools, clinics or churches about chores on their to-do lists and donate your time and skills to help them get things done. Rally your friends and make it a group effort.
  • Visit your area police station, fire brigade or paramedic centre and take them a warm meal with a thank you letter from the community to honour them for their selfless service.
  • Spend time clearing your home of all the things you don’t use and donate everything to a hospice shop.
  • Spend time with elderly neighbours and assist them with chores they cannot perform themselves anymore.
  • Treat a children’s home to a day out at the zoo or a picnic in a park.
  • Deliver pet food and blankets to your local SPCA branch.
  • Be brave and make a commitment to a good cause for a year, such as a weekly volunteer shift at a soup kitchen or a monthly contribution to a rescue organisation.

Use your 67 minutes as an opportunity to nurture your relationships with family and friends. Do something meaningful for your community together and end the day with a shared meal.

And remember to take care of your family’s well-being. Click here to speak to an accredited adviser about Medihelp’s range of benefit options.
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