Spring is just days away and with it comes new beginnings, fresh starts and all the goodness of doing more as the weather gets better.
South Africa – The official Spring day is the 21st of September and with it comes an attitude that uplifts and makes everything seem so much better. The warm weather rolls in and becomes more reliable, flowers start to bloom, new life can be seen everywhere and the urge to start over kicks in.
Many use Spring as a marker to start fresh, shed the winter weight and clear a space in the home for the coming months. Spring cleaning kicks in full force as we have more energy and daylight to get things done.
Spring is the time for a change, and this is what you can do to make a change in South Africa.
In South Africa, we celebrate several important days in September. We have Arbor Week as well as Heritage Day. Using these days, we can do so much good.
South Africa celebrates Arbor Week in the first week of September, the 1st to 7th, annually. As a way to play your part, planting trees with friends and family is a great way to do more.
Heritage Day, also known as Braai Day, is on the 24th of September. The day is used to celebrate the vibrant cultural melting pot that is our country. The day marks not only the heritage of our past but also our living heritage.
Here are a few ideas of how you can play your part this Spring:
- Spring clean your wardrobe and donate unwanted items to local shelters or charities.
- Plant a tree in honour of a loved one for Arbor Week.
- Plant a food garden at a local school or new grass at a dog shelter.
- Host a braai event and collect non-perishable food items for charity.
- Join the #SpekboomChallenge
We recently shared a story about how Spekboom is being considered a miracle plant because it is so efficient at removing CO2 from the environment.
Spekboom (Portulacaria Afra) is an incredible plant found in South Africa which is a marvellous drought tolerant, a phenomenal carbon sponge and an excellent soil binding flora that prevents soil erosion.
And planting it in your own garden is a way to help the environment and climate change! That is the basis of the challenge, go out and purchase a Spekboom and plant it in your garden.
Challenge a friend to do the same and very soon we will have this miracle plant all across South Africa.
How will you play your part for South Africa this Spring?
Play Your Part is a nationwide movement created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. Its objective is to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone. The campaign is driven by the Brand South Africa.
Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, young to not so young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.
There are numerous opportunities, big and small, for each and every South African to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate. Play Your Part encourages them to act on these opportunities.
For more information on how you can play your part click here #GetInvolved #PlayYourPart