DIY Mandela Day
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The Angel Network alongside Fingertips of Africa, plans to build 100 homes this Mandela Day to help families affected by flooding and fires.


Johannesburg, South Africa (13 June 2023) – Mandela Day is placed perfectly in the middle of winter when people need help the most. This Mandela Day, The Angel Network and Fingertips of Africa in collaboration with DP World Wanderers Stadium will attempt to build 100 temporary homes for those left destitute by fires, flooding and poverty.

The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.

The celebration of this day aims to serve as a global call to action for people to “recognise their individual power to make an imprint and help change the world around them for the better”, says the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

The Angel Network and Fingertips of Africa have invited corporate businesses to get involved in helping with the building of 100 homes, but there are many smaller roles that need volunteers too, which is where you come in.

With over 800 expected guests, volunteers will go a long way in helping to make the day run smoothly. Many will also help make sandwiches and offer support to the organisers and the corporate teams. The project is being called “Hearts Build Homes”.

“Hearts Build Homes will build 100 homes with teams from various companies on Mandela Day. We will also endeavour to stock each home with essential household items through sponsorship.”

While our focus is on what the individual South African can do, if you are a corporate business and want to join on the day, you can reach out to the Angel Network here for more information. You can also use the same email to reach out to offer your time as a volunteer. It is going to be a big day, making a huge difference!

Having successfully collected more than 6700 tins of food in 2022, the Angel Network hopes to make 2023 the biggest and best Mandela Day yet.

“Let us join hands and build a truly South African Nation” – Nelson Mandela.

Sources: The Angel Network
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