“We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Mandela.

On the 18th July 2018 we celebrate 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela – former South African president and global icon. Every year on his birthday, people around the world give 67 minutes of their time doing charitable acts in his name.

This year, to mark a centenary since his birth, South Africans are encouraged to “Be the Legacy”, and work together to create a non-racial, non-sexist and united society. Take part in the #ActionAgainstPoverty movement by doing your bit to celebrate Madiba’s legacy.

Mandela Day Food Drive

FoodForward SA and Pick n Pay are partnering to raise 1 000 000 meals in July 2018. This national food drive will help FoodForward SA and their 600 beneficiary organisations continue to feed 250 000 people every day.

bsmart is celebrating Nelson Mandela Day by volunteering 67 minutes of our time to helping the FoodForward SA initiative sort and pack food parcels. How will you be taking action and inspiring change today? How will you spend your 67 minutes?

Erasing Illiteracy

The non-profit organisation help2read has launched the #100by100 Challenge, which aims to erase illiteracy in South Africa. You can help either by revamping a library/reading space or running a collection drive.

CANSA Care Packs

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) has a goal of reaching 100 CANSA Care Packs for adult and children cancer patients. To get involved you can either donate items for care packs or assist by performing services at your local CANSA Care Home.

Bikers for Mandela Day

Bikers for Nelson Mandela Day will this year ride in aid of Keep a Girl Child in School. Each rider is asked to donate sanitary pads, which will be given to three million girls who miss school annually because they cannot afford basic sanitary products.

Habitat for Humanity

In partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Habitat for Humanity has launched 100 Homes for 100 Families in Honour of 100 Years, where they will be building homes in the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

No matter how small your action, you have the ability to help change the world. As a bsmart member you can use your bsmart card to make a purchase and donate it to a worthy cause. Buy blankets or food from Pick n Pay for a homeless shelter, buy sporting equipment or toys from Game for an orphanage, and buy books or stationery from CNA for under-resourced schools. To find the closest retailers in your area, click here.

In addition, if you use your bsmart card to buy your personal hygiene products at Dis-Chem, we will match and donate the equivalent to the Million Comforts Project and Caring4Girls, until 31 July 2018.

To learn more about bsmart contact us or click here to sign up directly through our website.

Disclaimer: bsmart does not provide financial advice. The above article is for information purposes only, to share current economic and financial topics and trends. Please consult a suitable and qualified financial services provider if you require financial advice.