This Mandela Day, Standard Bank is committing to South Africa’s school children by donating 67 water tanks in 67 minutes to help drought-affected communities and schools with access to clean water.
We will install these tanks in schools nominated by Tutuwa for the remainder of the year; starting July 18, 2022 in Makhanda in 4 schools: Kutliso Daniels, Nathaniel Nyaluza High, CM Vellem Primary School and St Mary’s RC Primary School.
With collaboration and gratitude to the phenomenal work of our partners, who have made this initiative possible, we would like to extend our thanks to the standard bank tutu community foundation, standard banking artsas well as Head of Brand at Standard Bank Greig Jerling and the UNBXD team, who have collaborated with us to make Mandela Day 2022 truly special. The brand team not only contributed, but also provided us with UNBXD artist Kevin De Klerk (aka little mural) to help paint the first water tank we are installing at Kuthliso Daniels with a beautiful mural.
We would also like to thank the members of our Eastern Cape Provincial teams who have volunteered to help us bring our idea of Mandela Day to life. Thanks in particular to Duane Grobler, Bhongo Bavuma, Heinrich Goliath, Zanele Twala and Rhodes University Vice Chancellor Prof. Sizwe Mabizela. We also extend our sincerest gratitude to Diana Hornby of Rhodes University Community Engagement.
While we as a bank may invest in water tanks this Mandela Day, we understand that for many people, spending money on others for their 67 minutes may not be possible, so this year we’re highlighting the fact that you don’t need a big budget to make a big difference.
He Nelson Mandela Foundationin recognition of the difficult financial situation many South Africans find themselves in, he has turned the theme of this year’s 67 Minutes into ‘Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
We call on our clients to adopt this philosophy. Let’s capture the true essence of Mandela Day. It is, above all, about spending time, not spending money. It should reflect the size of your heart, not the size of your wallet. To make a difference, you don’t have to be rich. You just need to get involved.
To get you started, here are some suggestions on how to spend your 67 minutes:
- Plant a seed to feed your community.
- Volunteer for odd jobs at a nursing home or hospice.
- Offer to read stories to children in a children’s home.
- Get together with your colleagues and make sandwiches to give to homeless people, and why not sit down and have lunch with them while you’re at it?
- Host a fun outing for kids at an HIV/AIDS program.
- Clean up your local park.
- Offer to fix things at a local school or organization
- Collect toys, books or clothes for a children’s home
- Offer to attend a high school to talk to students about your career.
- Bake cookies and take them to a police station for police officers.
- Blog about a non-profit organization that needs support.
- Offer your skills to an NPO or charity
You can also support these existing initiatives on Mandela Day:
To #MandelaDay2022Let’s do what we can, with what we have, where we are. Can be!
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