Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela photo

“Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes. We would be honored if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace, reconciliation, and cultural diversity.”

This is the Mandela Day campaign message. Every July 18th, South Africans come together and do at least 67 minutes of community service. This year everything has been about COVID-19 alleviation. People were passing out cooked food, food parcels, masks, and sanitizer all over South Africa.

Some members of Sonrise Church and I have been delivering cooked meals and food parcels to people in Kempton Park since April. We have networked with several NGO’s in our community to help people in need. So, when one of our partner NGO’s stepped up and said it wanted to feed 1800 people on Mandela Day, we pledged to feed 100 people here in Kempton Park.

We ended up feeding around 160 people. Three of our local ward councilors (elected officials who serve the community and have supported us with other problems) came to show us support. Some of our students from Sonrise School (Ary and Owen’s school) helped with preparing and serving the meals to get some community service hours. We even made it into the newspaper. You can find the article here:

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