Since South Africa has adopted #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday as a thing, we also need to make #GivingTuesday a reality.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fuelled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following the widely recognized shopping events #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.
As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.
South Africa has taken up #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday spending thousands of rands on new things, why not give up some of the old ones too.
There are many organizations joining this global Movement of giving, and if we, in South Africa, are going to take up the other days so eagerly, let us also support #GivingTuesday with the same enthusiasm.
One such organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, is running a campaign for support in South Africa. The Club in Pimville is part of a growing network of facility based programs for school aged and school going young people to provide them with a safe space during those traditionally idle and unsupervised hours after school. They have a second site in Protea Glen, Soweto and a third will open in Bertrams in the inner city in January 2018. 1,000 kids are currently supported on an annual basis to keep them safe, to keep them in school and ultimately, to matriculate with a plan for the future.
Forgood has also listed a number of various skills needed for charities across South Africa this #GivingTuesday. To get involved in something near you, check out their website here.
This November 28th, join the movement and give – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in your local community.
It’s a simple idea. Whether you come together with your family, your community, your company or your organization, find a way to give back and then share your idea.