11 Things To Do This Mandela Day

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There are so many ways that you can get involved this Mandela Day. Here are just a few ideas to keep in mind, from making monetary, clothing or food donations to causes and charities in need to packing food, cooking soups and building kennels.

Food Forward SA Mandela Day Food Drive

Register as a volunteer at foodforwardsa.org/campaigns/mandela-day/ and help sort and pack donated food as part of Food Forward SA’s Mandela Day Food Drive.

When: 18 July 2017

Where: Gallagher Convention Centre, Joburg; Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town; Olive Convention Centre, Durban; FoodForwardSA Warehouse, Port Elizabeth

More information: foodforwardsa.org

Banks Kitchen Boutique’s Soup Drive

Join Banks Kitchen Boutique in Cape Town as they, alongside local chefs, prepare 67 litres of soup to donate to The Haven Night Shelter and Noah. They need help with donations, chopping vegetables and making deliveries.

When: From 9am on 18 July 2017

Where: 2nd Floor, The Point Mall, 67 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town / 77 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Fill 27 Suitcases With Travelstart

Drop off warm clothing, blankets, pet food, non-perishable foods, toiletries, reading books for children, stationery, baby supplies and baby toys at the Travelstart offices to help them fill 27 suitcases – one for each year that Nelson Mandela was in prison – to send them across South Africa to 27 charities.

When: 18 July 2017

Where: Travelstart South Africa, Longkloof Studios, Block B, Darters Road, Gardens, Cape Town

More information: travelstart.co.za

Build Kennels with the SPCA

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA plans on building 67 kennels to be delivered to animals in need in local communities. Please bring nails, hammers and paint. You can also fund a kennel for R500.

When: 9am – 5pm on 18 July 2017

Where: Cnr 1st Avenue & First Road, Grassy Park, Cape Town

More information: capespca.co.za/mandela-day-18th-july/

Donate to the Peninsula School Feeding Association

The Peninsula School Feeding Association provides nutritious breakfasts and lunches to kids in need at their schools. These daily school meals provide an incentive to attend school and help children to focus on their studies. Make a donation of R62, which will enable PSFA to provide a hungry child at school with a daily nutritious breakfast and lunch for an entire month. You can also feed a child for a year by donating R450.

More information: psfa.org.za

Donate to African Tails

African Tails helps to rehome dogs, feeds strays, sterilises and neuters to curb over-population, and more. African Tails does not have a shelter facility and operate on a system of foster homes in and around the greater Cape Town area. Donate cash or airtime, volunteer, adopt or become a foster parent, sponsor a dog, buy a gift sponsorship or buy their calendar. They also need food (preferably dry pellets), puppy and kitten soft food, kennels (secondhand or new), tick and flea collars, tick and flea shampoos and treatments, blankets, towels, leads, bowls, carrier crates, newspaper and paper towels. Drop-off points for donations are at:

  • Citi Vet Sea Point (Main Rd)
  • Citi Vet Tamboerskloof
  • Tangles Sea Point
  • Green Point Vet (High Level Rd)
  • Pinelands Pets, 43 Morningside Road
  • Pikkies Pet’s Paradise, 292 Ottery Road, Ottery
  • Hillside Vet, Wynberg

For more information on donating money to African Tails, visit africantails.co.za

Clothing Donations and Sorting at The Watershed

Clear out your cupboards, donate clothes and help sort and price clothing at Workshop17 at The Watershed.

When: From 10am – 5pm on 18 July 2017

Where: Workshop17, The Watershed, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Donate To The Saartje Baartman Centre

The Saartjie Baartman Centre in Manenberg provides services to women and children who experience domestic and/or sexual violence: emergency shelter as well as short- to medium-term residential care; childcare services; counselling & empowerment services; legal advice, and job skills training.

To donate, visit saartjiebaartmancentre.org.za

Donate To Jo’burg Child Welfare

Jo’burg Child Welfare is looking for 67 donors to donate R67 for 67 months to assist them in their work. To see how you can get involved, email fundraising@jhbchildwelfare.org.za.

Knit a Square For Charity

Love to knit? Mandela Rhodes Place wants you to join them to knit a square for charity.

When: 11am – 1pm on 18 July 2017

Where: Mandela Rhodes Place, Wale Street, Cape Town

Get Involved With Breadline Africa

Breadline Africa is running three Mandela Day projects. Help 500 community members at a community development centre by purchasing groceries and cooking in Mitchells Plain, help paint a prefabricated classroom at Springwood Educare Centre in Mitchells Plain, or help plant a vegetable garden for 200 children at the Ubukhobakhe Educate Centre in Khayelitsha. Email programmes@breadlineafrica.org.za to get involved.

When: 18 July 2017

Where: Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha, Cape Town

More information: breadlineafrica.org/initiatives/mandela-day-projects/

For more information about Mandela Day, visit mandeladay.com.