Tuesday will see South Africans giving their time and talents to honour Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela International Day is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday. The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010.
For those living or visiting the 1000 Hills, there may be opportunities to get involved in worthwhile Mandela Day projects – either on Tuesday itself or throughout the rest of the month.
We suggest a few guidelines:
- Check out the 1000 hills Community Tourism Organisation informative documentary video about some of the leading Public Benefit Organisations and the impact these hard-working people have on the communities they serve. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsBDU2mrbkU
- It is always helpful to contact the chosen NGO / charity / organisation you want to help, ahead of time and ask how best you can support them.
- Be guided by their suggestions – don’t try and impose your personal, or your company’s CSI mission on them if it is not a good fit.
- It is not recommended to arrive unannounced with things you think maybe useful. Always better to check first!
- Charities and NGOs have a flood of offers to help out on Mandela Day but battle for the other 364 days of the year. Be mindful of that, and perhaps use Mandela Day to plan meaningful support to be rolled out post Mandela Day instead.
- A Mandela Day commitment needs to be more than just a photo-op, and whilst capturing moments of ubuntu and fellowship are important; taking gratuitous photos of one-off hand-outs are uncomfortable. …. And always get permission of people before photographing them.
Get Involved, volunteer.
There are good NGOs and nonprofits doing amazing work in the 1000 Hills Area. Feel free to contact them and see how to get involved.
The Valley Trust
Build the capacity of local communities to sustainably ensure their own good health through a series of programmes
Zulu Reserve Rd, Protea Farms, Ximba
Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust
One of the first NGOs to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, serving the semi-rural and disadvantaged communities of the Valley of 1000 Hills region.
26 Old Main Rd, Hillcrest
A social enterprise that was established in 2002 whose primary objective is the reduction of poverty through craft.
26 Old Main Rd, Hillcrest
Valley of 1000 hills Community Helpers
Building community: meals on wheels; medicine distribution; clinic; crèche; library; feeding station and craft hub.
Kloof and Highway SPCA
Caring for animals – home visits, emergency rescues, running a busy clinic and adoption service.
29 Village Rd, Kloof
Inchanga Railway Museum / Umgeni Steam Railway
Hub of railway preservation in the area, and home to the popular vintage Steam Locomotive, Wesley.
Philakade T.L.C Health Post and Care Home
Care Home and Clinic serving the vulnerable and abandoned with disabilities.
No.90213 Nqotho Road, Embo Reserve, 3610