#67Minutes: Make Every Day Mandela Day

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‘It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it’ – Nelson Mandela

Many of you will know that I am the current Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa Charity. Many may think, because of this title I am obligated to be charitable. In my case, it couldn’t be further from the truth.

#67minutes – Did you know that there are 1440 minutes in one day? Did you know that the average human being is awake for at least 15 hours per day? This means you can perform 21 acts of kindness on Mandela Day.

How did I spend my #67minutes this year?

Friday 12 July

I had the opportunity to be part of the team from Tsogo Sun for their #TsogoCSI initiative in aid of Rise Against Hunger. Together with other celebrities we packed over 600 food parcels and have contributed to the plight to eradicate hunger by 2030.

Wednesday 17 July

The day was spent collecting blankets from the blanket drive done by two of my clients. El Ridge Living collected blankets for Surgeons for Little Lives and The Fireplace Roadhouse collected for The Grace Factory and St. Francis Home.

Thursday 18 July

The official Mandela day, kicked off early at the Germiston Civic Centre, with Mrs South Africa and the City of Ekuhurleni, where we packed sanitary towels for the girls for the hand-over at Palm Ridge school.

I dashed off to Menlyn Shopping Centre to join the team from Dignity Dreams for their Pad Production Workshop.

A collaboration between myself and The SecretEATS sees a portion of ticket sales going to the Women4Women foundation.

After doing all these outreaches, I left once again feeling so fulfilled. As always I am amazed by this feeling, and I have realised that doing good or helping others and giving my time has always come pretty easily. Because you see, I believe that Nelson Mandela dedicated a day for us to showcase #67minutes, but he lived every day as if it was Mandela day, and we should too.

If you haven’t done your #67minutes yet, don’t worry you have at least 6 hours left to perform a random act of kindness, or you can just click on one of the links for the charities and make a donation, and thereby cause a ripple effect.

I may not be able to change the world, but I can be the change in someone’s world.

Note: Please click on the highlighted names of the various charities to go to their websites and find out you can get involved.

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Adele Koolen
Adele Koolen

Health Editor

Adele Koolen studied BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at Wits, practiced as a Physio for 15 years, and became one of the most sought-after Physios in the world sport arena. However, a hand injury in 2017 forced Adele to pursue alternative business ventures, resulting in her becoming a successful businesswoman and philanthropist. She is currently a Social Media Manager for a design company in Johannesburg, the founder of the #IAmEnoughZA campaign and the reigning Mrs SA Charity.

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