Make Every Day a Mandela Day
If you missed your chance to do good this 18 July, moenie bekommer nie (don’t worry) – you can make every day a Mandela Day!
At Brownie Points we believe in being an active citizen whenever and wherever we can and breathing the spirit of Madiba into everything that we do. Every consistent action and every contribution no matter how small, can make a huge difference.
On Thursday 24 August, you can join us and Khusela Ikhaya Project on their fun-filled #paintitforward drive, brightening homes in Houtbay.
From 10am to 2pm we’ll be in recently fire-ravaged Madiba Square, Imizamo Yethu, painting houses with a rainbow of fire retardant paint. Bring along friends, family or colleagues for a do-good day of poncho wearing and paint brush wielding, or make a monetary donation to the cause.
Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to give back and get dirty; sign up here.
For a little more motivation and inspiration on how to make every day a Mandela Day (even though we know you don’t really need it!) here are recent Mandela Day success stories from two of our NPO partners.
LETCEE Mandela Day 2017
On this Mandela Day, staff at LETCEE (Little Elephant training Centre For Early Education) spent their 67 minutes packing emergency food boxes for the rural communities they work with. Non-perishable food items such as lentils, rice, soya mince, tinned goods and dehydrated vegetables were lovingly wrapped into family-sized portions to be distributed in times of emergency relief.
“Each year on 18 July we look back on what has been done, and forward to what will be done.”
Children from one of LETCEE’s beneficiary communities also came round to share in Madiba’s birthday festivities of painting, playing and picnicing.
LETCEE is on a mission to build the confidence and capacity of families and communities to create nurturing environments for their children. LETCEE works in deep rural communities 365 days of the year. The need is always there regardless of the date. You can join them in making every day a Mandela Day by helping to take action against poverty together. Get involved, be an advocate, volunteer, donate, let’s ensure all communities have quality childhood development, leading to a brighter future for South Africa’s people.
You can volunteer with LETCEE or make a donation here.
Hands of Honour Mandela Day 2017
This Mandela Day, Hands of Honour gave the gift of knowledge by donating two of their Angels on Wheels early education units to two under-resourced early education centres. The Alabaster Box and Sweetheart Children’s Centres were the benefactors of this generous gift donated on behalf of a corporation.
The education units, made entirely from upcycled waste, are geared towards children in the preschool, foundation and intermediate phases (age 2-4 years right up to Grade 6) and support the learning of numeracy, literacy and life-skills. Activities provided in the units develop fine motors skills (i.e. finger dexterity with bead threading, plastic construction, connecting plastic links in a chain, plaiting laces, jigsaw puzzles etc.), movement and balance (eg. the use of bean bags) as well as spatial development.
Hands of Honour is an innovative NPO that collects obsolete waste from corporations and upcycles this into various items of furniture and their award-winning education units. They enlist the help of marginalised men in local communities, thereby creating employment, introducing skills and reducing crime.
You can volunteer with Hands of Honour or make a donation here.
With so many incredible NPOs doing amazing things right on our doorstep (and now with the help of Brownie Points, right at our fingertips too) we really have no excuse not to get involved in making every day a Mandela Day!
So let’s start on Thursday, 24 August. Join us and Khusela Ikhaya Project as we paint the town red (and blue and green…). Sign up here and see you soon!