Giving from your other pocket

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Tomorrow is Mandela Day! Tata Madiba will be a ripe 94 and to celebrate, individuals from all over the world have been asked to give 67 minutes of their time to others. Be it a charity, school or individual in your neighbourhood. What you do for your 67 minutes is up to you, but the guidelines are that it be good and for the benefit of others.

Most people had the day down on their calendars and have known for a while what they'll be doing for their 67 minutes this year. It took me a while to coordinate the family's activities and what each person would find interesting and fulfilling, but we're on track. On the other hand there people who might have time and maybe money to give tomorrow but they still haven't found an organisation or individual to help. They don't know of any groups that might assist.

This is why I thought I would add on to the list of things to do The Late Bloomer published yesterday. Mandela Day is about each individual's effort to change the world for the better. All our 67 minutes combined will make a difference.

I found out this morning that retailer Pick 'n Pay's Smart Shopper initiative to reward customers has teamed up with a feeding scheme to allow PnP customers to give back. Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organiation and the SA branch is volunteer based and currently works in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Their meals are "highly nutritious and comprise of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and 21 essential vitamins and minerals. Each meal package provides a reasonable portion for six children at a cost of R2.00 per meal. The meals have a shelf life of 12 months, are easy to store, transport and distribute."

Pick 'n Pay customers and Smart Card holders (like myself) can switch their smart points (1000 points and up) to any charity on the system, including Stop Hunger Now. Tomorrow every item will have double Smart Points. So if you 67 minutes includes making a meal, go to Pick 'n Pay and buy the ingredients, add on to your points and transfer them to charity and go serve your meal.


Each one of us can make a difference.

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