Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

It was Reconciliation Day here in South Africa on Monday and there really was a sense of community as everyone enjoyed the public holiday.  A day chosen to mark unity after the end of Apartheid, which was even more poignant this year having just celebrated and commiserated the life of Nelson Mandela with his funeral held last Sunday.

I spent the day down at Hout Bay Market where the locals had pulled together a delightful assortment of food, live music and a head to head dance off competition.  It was a wonderful day of community and unity amongst all those present, smiling and simply having a good time.

Spreading a little magic with the weekly photo challenge. 

In his own words…

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“Let us never be unmindful of the terrible past from which we come – that memory not as a means to keep us shackled to the past in a negative manner, but rather as a joyous reminder of how far we have come and how much we have achieved.  The memory of a history of division and hate, injustice and suffering, inhumanity of person against person should inspire us to celebrate our own demonstration of the capacity of human beings to progress, to go forward, to improve, to do better.”

Nelson Mandela’s address during a joint sitting of parliament to mark 10 years of democracy, 2004.

Now nearly another 10 years on and this great man has departed our company but leaves a legacy never to be forgotten and a future that is in our hands.  He demonstrated that it always seems impossible until it is done.  May the future of Africa be one of peace, justice and opportunity and may the power of ideas and action take us there.

Yellow Flower.

RIP Madiba.

“I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.” 

It is a sad day now that you are gone Mr Mandela but your legacy and light will shine on as a guide to future generations.  Let your dream of an Africa in peace with itself be true.

Nelson Mandela.

“Let freedom reign.  The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.” 

RIP Madiba. 

Mandela Day…

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….

Tall trees.

Oh to be so tall & slender!