So with our kindness drive Mandela Day fit in perfectly with our mission to infect the world with Kindness and instead of just sticking to the ‘required’ 67 mins of kindness we made a day of it!
While Cayden was at school I started off the morning at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital (http://www.westerncape.gov.za/your_gov/5981) visiting two of the wards and playing with the children there. As a mother of two boys it was absolutely heartbreaking to see so many sick kids, however the Red Cross has an amazing volunteer program and big ups to all the volunteers that spend hours there each week just bringing a smile to these sick children.
Then after school Cayden and I went through to Operation Smile’s offices in Woodstock (http://southafrica.operationsmile.org/). What an awesome organisation:- Operation Smile South Africa provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe!
Cayden was super proud to be the first kid to volunteer there on Mandela Day and was keen to get started. So we started packing Smile Bags (gift bags that each child receives after the operation is over). Cayden took great care in choosing toys that he thought were pretty awesome and the boys would particularly like and packed more Smile Bags than any of the other volunteers there. He worked tirelessly for 2 hours before decided to move on to another area before we had to leave.
We ended up in the ‘creative corner’ where they had scraps of material, needle, thread etc and anyone could just make whatever they liked to be included in the smile bags and given to the children. The sweetest thing was that Cayden wanted to know if we had to pay to make something there…. Needless to say 45mins later when we really needed to get home I had to drag him away with must protesting. His final words being when we come back here again can we come on a Saturday so I don’t have to go to school first and we can stay all day!
After a day fulled with fun, gratitude and kindness it was great to know that it was just another day for us and that our acts of kindness were not just saved for once a year, people often get so caught up in the ‘Mandela Day’ vibe that they forget that there are 364 other days in the year that we can help other people on.
So here is to making everyday a Mandela Day and being the change we want to see in the World!!