What can I do on Mandela Day?

In 1994 Nelson Mandela revisited the cell at Robben Island prison where he was jailed for more than two decades.
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In 1994 Nelson Mandela revisited the cell at Robben Island prison where he was jailed for more than two decades. Louise Gubb/Corbis via Getty Images

Every year on International Mandela Day (18th of July), we celebrate not only the birth of Tata Madiba but his 67-year commitment to social justice and servant leadership.

On this day, we celebrate our rainbow nation and respond to a global call to action to harness our collective power to shape the world around us in a positive way.

By volunteering 67 minutes of our time, we are encouraged to act in kindness, amplify the voices of those that often go unheard, serve our local communities, churches, and charitable organizations or offer kind donations to support causes that inspire us.

What can I do on Mandela Day?

As South Africans continue to adhere to the implementation of Adjusted Level 4 Lockdown, like last year this Mandela day will be out of the ordinary. With the Covid-19 regulations, there will be fewer events and available volunteering opportunities for individuals hoping to lend their support in person.

There are still however many opportunities to make a positive difference by pledging your 67 minutes.

Raise funds to support your local community

Set up a campaign on South Africa’s largest crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy to raise funds and assist a person or community in need. 

Raise funds for a person or cause

Here are some ideas of things you can fundraise for on Mandela Day.
  • Raise funds to purchase digital food vouchers for families affected by the lockdown.
  • Raise funds to help restaurant staff support their families.
  • Raise funds to make ‘care kits’ (including a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, face cloth, etc.) for patients at a nearby government hospital.
  • Raise funds to feed and clothe the homeless.
  • Raise funds to keep the light on for a non-profit organisation.
  • Raise funds to help non-governmental schools pay their teachers salaries.
  • Raise funds to purchase children’s books for an under-resourced school.

Raise funds to support a charity on BackaBuddy

On BackaBuddy, members of the public are invited to raise funds for various charities across South Africa by setting up their own fundraising campaigns.

Whether you are passionate about the Sandton SPCA, The Amy Foundation, Siyabonga Care Village, or The Cradle of Hope, there are countless charities on BackaBuddy in need of support.

Raise funds for a charity
Register your charity to raise funds

Learn more about setting up a crowdfunding campaign here or email carla@backabuddy.co.za.

Donate to a charity or cause you’re passionate about

With the pandemic, there have been strict measures set in place to help protect the lives of everyone, which has made it difficult for the public to respond to the global call to action, but there are many ways you can make a difference online.

Help Porky’s People feed 67 hungry individuals 


Visit BackaBuddy more Mandela Day projects to support

Click below for a list of crowdfunding campaigns on BackaBuddy that could use your support.

67 Minutes Of Change In The Safety Of Your Home

Volunteer your time

  • Visit BackaBuddy’s Facebook page, and share a crowdfunding campaign that inspires you and encourage your family and friends to make a donation.
  • Support the South African National Blood Service by donating blood at a centre near you.
  • Register to become an organ donor with the Organ Donor Foundation.
  • Register to become a bone marrow donor with the South African Bone Marrow Registry.
  • Support or start a petition on change.org.
  • Learn First Aid.
  • Volunteer your skills at a charitable organisation.
  • Share a positive South African story on Facebook group #IMSTAYING 
  • Donate old clothes to children’s home or homeless shelter.
  • Donate books or magazines to your local library.
  • Visit your local SPCA and adopt a pet that needs a loving home.
  • Pick up groceries or medicine for an elderly person who is unable to go to the shops.
  • Tutor someone who needs help learning your mother tongue.
  • Clean up your neighbourhood or city park by picking up rubbish and removing graffiti.
  • Set up a recycling system in your home.
  • Plant a tree in your local park.

However you decide to celebrate your 67 minutes on Mandela Day, make an effort to inspire and care for your fellow South Africans. Together we can make a world of difference. It takes a village.

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