T he month of July is South Africa is acknowledged as Nelson Mandela Month and we are constantly reminded about the importance of giving back to the less fortunate as that is what uTata believed in as well.
WHAT DOES GIVING BACK ACTUALLY MEAN?
You cannot conceptualise giving back as one concept, giving back can mean doing anything for a person that is in need or doing something nice for someone, it can be as little as donating clothes you no longer wear, raising funds to give to a charity of your choice or volunteering at a charity or for a non-profit organisation (NGO), basically giving your time. What matters is embracing UMUNTU UNGUMUNTU NGABANTU. Be the change you want to see in the world, it starts with you.
THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING BACK
“There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return”
– Nelson Mandela
July 18 is Nelson Mandela Day and that is celebrated through the 67 Minutes Initiative, where South Africans are urged to go out and give back with their time for 67 minutes. Besides giving back on the 18th only, here are some of the ways you can give back on a daily basis:
- Tutor a student
- Volunteer at a nursing home
- Volunteer at a hospital
- Prepare and serve meals to the less fortunate
- Plant a tree
- Greet someone and ask them how they are or how is their day is thus far