I am not too impressed with myself for admitting that this is the first time I have actually made the effort to do something charitable for 67 minutes on Madiba’s birthday. For those of you who are reading this and have no idea what it is about – the whole point is that on Madiba’s birthday (which is today) we should each spend 67 minutes giving something back and doing something for someone other than ourselves. The 67 minutes comes from the 67 years that he dedicated to his fight for equality.
This year the students at Red&Yellow School decided to get together and make some peanut butter and jam sarmies and give pieces of fruit to those who need it.
Some people reckon that this day should be about a selfless act of charity and not just another instagram photo op, and it was amidst a couple of chirps that these photos were taken in the first place. While I do agree that doing something charitable should not be about the recognition or the number of likes your photo gets on Instagram, if that is something that you want to do when you do something good then book a photo shoot for it, because ultimately the end goal is the same.Personally, I thinks it makes quite a nice change to see more people celebrating 67 minutes of some basic human kindness than a trip to the bathroom or another #Outfitoftheday.
I didn’t want to make sandwiches just so that I could put it on my blog, I was only able to blog about it because I helped make sandwiches. More than that though, today it felt good to be doing something beyond what would affect me directly. It shouldn’t take a specific day or a designated reason for us to stop and think of doing something for others, but the sad reality is that we do get so wrapped up in our own lives and in our own day-to-day trivialities that we only stop to think of others when we are made to. Something as simple as making sarmies today really made me realize how very many things I have to be grateful for and that is important too, so, thank you, Madiba for making me stop and think today
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom