Mandela Day is one of the best initiatives to come out of our beautiful South Africa, I think. Making a celebration of spreading kindness and love – need I say more? What gets to me, though, is the thought of joining cause for the day (to paint a school, or feed the homeless etc.), posting your photos to all your social media networks to show how caring you are and then forgetting about it for another year.
Every day is Mandela Day. It’s not a day, it’s a way of thinking. It’s about realising that everybody is capable and responsible to influence change, starting in their own communities. For some it can be expressed through helping out at a local school or orphanage, or giving your doggie bag to someone on the side of the road, or whatever.
For me, it’s a little different. Yesterday I swam in the Cape Town sea in the middle of the winter in the rain to help feed a child for a year in the ‘Big Freeze Double Dip Polar Bear Swim’.
Yes, it’s a bit crazy but it was lots of fun and half an hour of my time of being a nut-job helped feed a child. That blows my mind.
On a less extreme note, though, next Sunday you can help a little 3 year-old dude get a cochlear ear implant by taking a 3km beach stroll and parting with R50. AWESOME!
Here’s little Owen:
Do it. Because every day is Mandela Day.
Big Freeze photo credit: Mecheal Wickham