In honour of the 67 years Nelson Mandela spent fighting for social justice and a free, democratic South Africa people around the world are being encouraged to spend 67 minutes helping their communities to do something positive today.
What are you doing this Nelson Mandela Day? There are so many ways we can all help those around us, just stop yourself and think for a moment about what you can do. No matter how big or small every gesture helps and the knock on rippling effect of goodness will flourish.
Mandela Day was inspired by the speech Madiba made in Hyde Park, London, on 27th June 2008 when he urged the leaders of future generations to help change the world for the better saying, “It is in your hands now.”
Today I have gifted two indigenous trees to be planted in an under-greened community. Trees promote life in the form of oxygen, shelter for wildlife, recharge groundwater, replace soil nitrates and have countless more environmental benefits. They also provide great pride of place in communities, helping them to become healthier and happier places to dwell. Those living in barren landscapes are far more likely to suffer from crime, drug abuse and depression. So a tree provides a host of means to help a community blossom.
One organisation doing an incredible job here in Cape Town is called Greenpop and if you too would like to get involved with making things greener please check them out here. You can help no matter where you are in the World. We are after all one big community sharing this earth.
If you are looking to your own local community sometimes even the smallest acts of kindness can make a persons day, for example:
- Buy someone a coffee.
- Hold the door open for the next person.
- Help an elderly person with their shopping.
- Spend time with a family member or friend in need.
- Buy the big issue.
- Go to your local charity in need and donate food, clothing or household necessities.
- Hand out sandwiches if there are homeless people in your area.
- Quite simply say thank you.
- Smile and send out positive vibes!
Right must dash, I have got to go and buy my copy of the Big Issue….