Volunteerism is a key goal of the programme in fact volunteerism is the lifeblood of the programme. Our volunteers use their professional and personal experience to impart savings lessons to learners. Volunteerism is the principle of donating time and energy for the benefit of others in the community as a social responsibility. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens.
We support programmes that encourage volunteerism like Mandela Day and as part of our ‘Programme Integration’, we hope volunteers who participate in Mandela Day can use our programme as their flagship volunteerism programme.
Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honour of the iconic Nelson Mandela; it is celebrated annually on 18 July (Mandela’s birthday). The day was officially declared by the United Nations General Assembly in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010. However, others celebrated Mandela Day from 18 July 2009.
Mandela Day is not meant as a public holiday, but as a day to honour the values and the legacy of Nelson Mandela through volunteering and community service. Mandela is South Africa’s former and first black President after the apartheid era. He is fondly referred to as ‘Tata Madiba’. Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the noble idea that each individual has the power to transform the world and the ability to make an impact. The Mandela Day aims to inspire individuals to take action to help and change the world for the better and build a global movement for good.
67 minutes of giving
The Mandela Day campaign message is: “Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We are asking you to start with 67 minutes.” This global call for action to all citizens is made to commit 67 minutes to community volunteerism to progress humanity. The 67 minutes StarSaver™ to teach children to save South Africa lesson being delivered by the volunteer bankers and financial sector professionals is a reflection and alignment to the Mandela Day messaging which is anchored on bringing together people around the world to fight poverty, promote peace and reconciliation. Volunteerism imbibes the spirit of generosity, so we urge everyone to ultimately ”Make Every Day a Mandela Day”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
- Nelson Mandela