100 Ways to Help Durban and Your Fellow Man!
The people of Durban will have an opportunity to choose from 100 different ways to celebrate Nelson Mandela, over a period of 100 days centred around the 100th anniversary of his birth in July.
The Denis Hurley Centre is running its “Mandela 100” campaign from May 30 to September 6, which places the centenary of Mr Mandela’s birth on July 18 in the middle.
Mandela Day for 100 Days
The idea of the campaign is to give people concrete ideas of ways to celebrate Mr Mandela, not just on the traditional Mandela Day but over a period of 100 days.
“We are working with a number of NGOs to offer people a list of 100 ways they can choose from, to honour Mandela and help the people we help,” said Raymond Perrier, director of the Denis Hurley Centre.
“The focus is not on giving money but rather on sharing time and goods,” he said, adding: “Though we hope people will give money as well.”
All the activities and goods will be to the benefit of inner-city Durban. People can volunteer or donate through a range of organisations of different faiths that serve the inner-city poor.
These organisations include the Denis Hurley Centre, Diakonia Council of Churches, Emmanuel cathedral, iCare, Makabongwe pre-school, Refugee Pastoral Care, Talk English, SANZAF and YMCA.
100 Possible Activities
Between them, the organisations have created a combined list of 100 possible activities:
- General donations of goods
- Specialist donations of goods
- General volunteering
- Specialist volunteering
- Events that promote Mandela’s values
People are asked to respond directly to the e-mail contact given for each activity, so each NGO will handle its own responses.
On Mandela Day itself on July 18 there will be a special service in Emmanuel cathedral, and at the end a closing ceremony and awarding of certificates of participation.
Contact Denis Hurley Centre on 031 301 2240 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for others’ details.