It’s still in our hands to combat poverty and inequity.

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Some suggestions of what to do

  • Plant and grow fresh, organic and cost-effective produce in or for vulnerable communities.
  • Plant and grow trees for the well-being of all, with an emphasis on fruit trees in support of food production for vulnerable communities.
  • Invest in sustainable food production platforms to the benefit of vulnerable communities.
  • Embrace home and community planting and growing as a contribution to protecting the environment and addressing the challenge of climate change.

  • Throw a tea party for the children and carers at a children’s home.
  • Offer to mow the lawn and fix up the garden at a nursing home or hospice.
  • Research an issue you’d like to find out more about and then share your findings with friends on social media.
  • Pack meals at Canal Walk for under-resourced pre-schools through Stop Hunger Now.
  • Support local and visit the Department of Coffee in Khayalitsha for a cup of their finest brew.

  • As an office, make sandwiches to give to people living on the street – and why not sit and have lunch with them while you’re at it?
  • Organise a fun outing for children in an HIV/Aids programme.
  • Offer to read stories to children at a children’s home.
  • Learn First Aid.
  • Give blood.

  • Become an organ donor
  • Host a dinner where the meal budget is R5 per person as a way of identifying with the millions who live below the poverty line.
  • Set up a recycling system for your home.
  • Create a car pool schedule with your colleagues to cut down on carbon emissions.

  • Plant a garden or tree where the whole neighborhood can enjoy it.
  • Clean up a city park.
  • Go on a social media fast for the day and make an effort to get to know people who you wouldn’t ordinarily speak to.
  • Offer to fix things at a local school or organisation (paint, broken windows, etc).
  • Remove graffiti.

  • Help build a home with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Donate educational materials to Breadline Africa.
  • Walk instead of taking your car – and have conversations with some of the people you meet on your way.
  • Hold a teddy bear or book drive for a children’s home.

  • Organise a tea party for care givers.
  • Baby-sit for a single parent.
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter.
  • Adopt a pet from an animal shelter.

  • Donate books to your local library.
  • Collect and distribute children’s books to under-resourced schools.
  • Visit a reading club at a nearby school, church or library.
  • Donate magazines and books to an under-resourced home for the elderly.
  • Invite a carer to go on a relaxing outing to the beach or to a park for a picnic.

  • Throw a party for the residents of an old age home.
  • Mow the garden or clean the windows for a senior citizen.
  • Pick up groceries or medicine for an elderly person.
  • Go for a walk with a senior citizen in your community.
  • Teach someone how to use a computer and the Internet.

  • Tutor someone who needs help learning your mother tongue.
  • Donate your old computer to an under-resourced school.
  • Hold a mini-Olympics at an under-resourced school.
  • Take public transport for the day.
  • Give Beth Uriel a call and find out more about becoming a mentor or tutor for the year.

  • Offer to attend a high school class to talk to students about your career.
  • Take a course to become a Lifeline/Childline counsellor.
  • Knit a blanket for someone in need.
  • Bake cookies and take them to a police station for the police officers.
  • Write a letter to a newspaper editor about an issue you care about.

  • Blog about a non-profit organisation that needs support.
  • Offer your skills (finance, marketing, customer service, etc.) to help an organisation run more efficiently.
  • Organise a prayer meeting with family and friends to pray for our country.
  • Host a movie night for friends. (Click here for a list of documentaries on social justice.)
  • Purchase U-turn vouchers to give to people living on the street.
Join the Mandela Day community

“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” – Nelson Mandela

By giving a little of your time each day to making a change that’s close to your heart or by giving a little of your time to make a difference to the life of someone else, you can start changing the world around you.

There are so many ways to make a difference.

Start with what you are passionate about and where you know your actions will have a lasting impact.

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Spread the word

The Mandela Day campaign is a celebration of our collective power to create a global movement for good and make a positive impact on the world.


You can add to the momentum of the initiative by telling as many people as possible about it.

Use your own network of family, friends, media, corporates and organisations to get involved and make a difference. Share your actions on social media, especially on Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July.

Do you know somebody who serves every day?

Can you think of someone, or a group or organisation that has made a positive change in your community?

Share their good deeds via social media, using the hashtags #MandelaDay2024 #ItsInYourHands