Nelson Mandela Foundation Announces 15 Ways To Celebrate Mandela Day: Here They Are;

It is normal to run out of ideas on special days like Mandela Day. If you are still considering what to do, don’t lose your nerve because the Nelson Mandela Foundation has issued a guide on how to get everything fixed. The Foundation released the guide on Friday ahead of the much-anticipated Mandela Day coming up on July 18. Its Chief Executive, Sello Hatang said the aim of the step is to assist people who don’t really know how they to contribute or volunteer during Mandela month.

This is the first time the Nelson Mandela Foundation is issuing a guide to help observers streamline activities for Mandela Day. Mandela Day is an annual international day adopted by the United Nations. It is a global movement that celebrates the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela with the aim of taking his works into a new era and changing the world for the better.

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According to Mandela Day Manager at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Yase Godlo, apart from helping observers, the guide seeks to change the way people celebrate the day. Godlo said celebrants do not only need to make great changes to fit with the new approach to Mandela Day but are encouraged to continue to celebrate ‘everyday’ as Mandela Day.

He added:

We want people to commit to longer-term more sustainable efforts, but did not want to make it more difficult or confusing, which is why we have issued the manual. Instead of volunteering 67 minutes on 18 July as has become the norm, the Nelson Mandela Foundation wants South Africans and those around the world to take action throughout the year and not just on Mandela Day.


Instead of the usual four themes for Mandela Day, the Foundation says it will adopt one theme for this year’s celebration.  This year’s theme is titled: Taking Action Against Poverty.

15 Ways To Celebrate Mandela Day

  1. Donation of blood.
  2. Organise a fun outing for children in an HIV/Aids programme.
  3. Put together stationery packs (pens, stickers, coloured paper, scissors, etc.) for teachers at an under-resourced school.
  4. Offer to mow the lawn and fix up the garden at a nursing home or hospice.
  5. Hold a teddy bear or book drive for a children’s home.
  6. Teach someone how to use a computer and the Internet.
  7. Make sandwiches to give to people living on the street.
  8. Offer to fix things at a local school or organisation (paint, broken windows, etc).
  9. Make ‘care kits’ (including a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, face cloth, etc) for patients at a nearby government hospital.
  10. Throw a tea party for the children and caregivers at a children’s home.
  11. Tutor someone who needs help learning your mother tongue.
  12. Donate your old computer to an under-resourced school.
  13. Tutor pupils from under-resourced schools.
  14. Donate books to your local library.
  15. Offer to attend a high school class to talk to students about your career.

Nelson Mandela was a South Africa’s first black president. He was born on 18 July 1918 in Mvezo and died on 5 December 2013 in Houghton Estate, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.

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