67 Minutes for Mandela Day – Tips & Suggestions

Remember the one, one by one

Our Kolisi Foundation motto, “remember the one, one by one”, drives our daily actions. It is a reminder not to get overwhelmed by the size and scope of your community’s problems, but instead, focus on the one thing you can do. Pick one thing that you care about changing, one thing that ignites your passion, and go from there.

67 Minutes for Mandela Day

Not sure how to approach this Mandela Day, especially during this uncertain time together with pending lockdowns. Use your 67 minutes for Mandela Day this 18 July to identify a need and organisation that you can invest your time and skill-set in throughout the year.   Here are some practical tips and suggestions to make an impact in your community:

Do some research – Before you can help your community, you should take time to do research and identify the needs of your community.

Learn –  Find out as much as you can about local NPOs and charities. Visit their web pages, find out what they do, who they serve, why they do it, how they are funded, and what types of volunteer opportunities they have available.

Volunteer – Volunteer for a group that does work you admire. Identify what you are passionate about and find an organisation to serve with your time, skill-set or connections. You have something to bring to the table.

Commit – It is essential to show your continuous support and build relationships. Try to commit to an organisation and not just do something once-off for a school project or a Mandela Day.

Donate – If you can donate financially, monetary donations equip NPO’s to utilise funds where it is most needed. It is not about the amount; small gestures together are impactful.

Spread the word – We live in a day and age with technology at our fingertips. Amplify the work of NPO’s on your social networks and spread the news on your channels. Identify where NPOs need help, volunteers or some form of assistance and use your platform.

Add to your cart – Community kitchens play a valuable part in so many communities. They support many with often the only meal they receive daily. Find out if there is a community kitchen in your area and check in on what items they use daily. Then, add that to your cart when doing your weekly grocery shopping.

Acknowledge – We are all “busy”, but sometimes it is important not always to be rushed. Make it a priority to acknowledge people and have conversations with individuals at the robots or streets. Everyone has a unique story to share; remember the one, stop and listen.

Say hello – Check on neighbours and family members, especially those who live alone, are elderly, have health or mobility issues or are caring for children.

Check your closet –  Join existing initiatives, find a local NPO or shelter that needs clothing items and blankets or a soup kitchen that requires additional utensils or pots.

Listen – When in conversation, focus on listening to other people’s stories and experiences, not with the intention to respond back and reason, but instead to reflect and understand their unique reality.

Get out of your comfort zone – Now more than ever is the best time to start a new normal. Let’s make a lifelong pursuit of human rights, equality and a thriving world: every day, 365 days a year! Let us not only dream about it but let’s do it, TOGETHER!

Let us continue to ‘remember the one, one by one.’

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