fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way to making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”
These were the words of former president Nelson Mandela, who selflessly gave of his time for his fellow South Africans.
And these words ring true in the month we celebrate Madiba’s life and work – by giving of our time and money to help make someone else’s life a little easier.
But giving and helping should not only be confined to the month of July. We are a giving nation and should be giving all year round.
It’s not always easy and you don’t always have the time to do a charitable act.
But that’s all changed with the launch of forgood, a website where South Africans can ask for help or give it.
With a few clicks of the mouse, you can join the growing community of volunteers and ordinary people who make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
Forgood is an internet platform that connects people who want to help with those who need help.
Here’s how it works: when you log on to forgood.co.za, you will have the option of volunteering your time, donating goods or creating your own offer. You can also register a cause to which other people can donate or offer their help.
On the site right now you can help the Teddy Bear Clinic with writing funding proposals, help Ripple Reading by participating in the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge or train youngsters to dance at Kids Haven.
The really cool thing about forgood is that it’s not all about money. All of us have skills and there are many charities out there who could use them.
What forgood does brilliantly is match real needs with real help.
All the not-for-profit organisations on forgood have been checked and approved as charities, so you won’t be taken for a ride.