Turn your birthday into a Mandela Day celebration

With Mandela Day coming up on our icon’s birthday on July 18, it seems entirely appropriate to shine the spotlight on one of our franchise owners, who turned her own birthday into a gift for the fortunate. It’s a great idea, especially since we’re encouraged to spend 67 minutes helping others on Madiba’s birthday.

Cheryl shares her birthday celebrations with the SPCA


Newspaper cutting Cheryl Craig The previous owner of Trellidor Richards Bay, Cheryl Craig, always helps others when she can. She is a stalwart in the annual Santa Shoebox Campaign, amongst others. She is also been a committed supporter of the SPCA, assisting them with fund raising and donations at every opportunity.

Cheryl saw her 60th birthday celebrations as another opportunity to help others so she asked her party guests to bring along food for the Empangeni SPCA instead of gifts for the birthday girl. Her gesture was much appreciated by the SPCA and was featured in her local newspaper, the Zululand Observer.

Ways to turn our own celebrations into gifts for others on Mandela Day

We thought this was a brilliant idea and started making a list of other organisations that the rest of us could support in the same way. It’s just a matter of choosing something close to your heart and doing what you can to help, particularly if were participating in honouring Madiba for 67 minutes on Mandela Day.

Here are a few suggestions for Mandela Day:

Well done, Cheryl, for making us put some thought into turning our personal celebrations into a way of helping others and we hope we’ve given you a few ideas on what you can do on Mandela Day.


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