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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.

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