Mandela Day

Today is Mandela Day – the late Madiba’s birthday…. The objective of Mandela Day is to inspire everyone, worldwide, to take action and do something kind, caring, inspiring and helpful to make our world and community a better place.

The Mandela Day campaign message is simple: Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. All that is asked, is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting your chosen charity or serving your local community.

Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals – for people everywhere – to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr Mandela did.

You can see what I’ve done over the past years for Mandela Day. 20112012, 2013 and 2014 seem to be missing from my blog (or I haven’t searched or labelled them correctly.)

This year I decided to do more than one “67 minute” action.

I was a part of the Relate Bead Relay race between a group of “celebs” and the wonderful Gogos from Relate Bracelets in a speed-beading challenge to raise awareness of SA’s senior citizens.

The race was to see who can bead the most bracelets in 67 minutes. The Gogo’s are skilled at this and almost all of us had never done beading work or used their technique before. I was optimistic (and realistic) and was absolutely certain the Gogo’s would win the day!

In five years of existence, Relate Bracelets has raised more than R28million for a variety of causes and all beaded by the Gogos. This is why Relate bracelets organised this event – to remind South Africans ahead of Mandela Day of just what an important role senior citizens play in our country.

Kyla-Rose Smith from Freshlyground started the relay. We each had 8 minutes to bead as fast as we could before handing over to the next team mate. Soccer star Matthew Booth was next, then it was musician Jitzvinger, then DJ Sox, myself, former Miss SA Nicole Flint, motivational speaker Mpumi Nobiva and finally conservationist, Braam Malherbe.

In 67 minutes we beaded 6,17m and the Gogo’s WON beading close to 8m.

Nicole Flint and I wearing out bracelets dedicated to particular causes and charities

Thank you so much to all the media who were there that day… It’s thanks to you, that these stories can be told and awareness can be made for these amazing charities.

On Friday, the 17th, Smile 90.4 FM and Stop Hunger Now SA were at Canal Walk for the Cape Town leg. The aim was to pack 1 million meals in a single day, countrywide, and break  a record.

I MC’d and did my best to motivate people to join in and pack away!

If you follow me on Snapchat you would have watched all the festivities.

The amazing news is that we surpassed the million mark and by the end of the day, this was the FINAL number:

I have always wanted one of these Mandela bangles and I was so excited when this black copper bangle arrived. You can get yours by going to this website:

What did you do for your 67 minutes?

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