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How to spend your 67 minutes on Mandela Day in PE

How to spend your 67 minutes on Mandela Day in PE

Mandela day will soon be upon us, and those of us wanting to contribute are probably wondering where to even start.

Luckily there are a multitude of charities and non-profit organisations in Port Elizabeth that could always use a helping hand.

Mandela Day is celebrated on the 18th of July, Nelson Mandela’s birthday. On this day people aim to perform 67 minutes of charity work or contributing to their community in some meaningful way. Many shopping centres are helping out by created food parcels and making sandwiches for hungry people.

If you want to help out for those 67 minutes but have no idea what to do, here is a list of charities and non-profit organisations that you could volunteer at:

Lake Farm Centre in Lakeside Road is a centre that looks after over 90 adults with intellectual disabilities. They are always looking for willing volunteers to assist with the residents; they can help by raising funds and assisting with sport and fitness sessions to keep the residents fit and healthy. Volunteers can also offer to teach residents how to swim or play sports with them.



Animal Welfare is a very popular location for charity work. Volunteers can assist by walking the dogs, playing with the cats, and leaving donations of blankets, hygiene aid, animal toys, food or money. Adoption is also an option for animal lovers who want to help give abandoned and abused pets a home.



There are also a number of Old Age Homes and Frail Care Centres in Port Elizabeth that could use an extra helping hand in assisting with the residents by providing entertainment and conversation for them.

You can also spend some time helping out at the Protea Child and Youth Care Centre, by donating anything for children such as toys, clothes and books.

Creating food parcels and handing out food packages for starving people is a very good way to help out as well, for example The Bridge is recruiting volunteers to help in creating 1000 meal packages on Mandela day.

The more you look the more you realise that there are a lot of places that you can contribute your 67 minutes toward. So go out there and find a place where you feel you could spend your 67 minutes and give back to your community.