100 rea­sons to be help­ful this Man­dela Day

4 Star wants to raise cash for hy­giene

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - NOR­MAN CLOETE

LO­CAL pop star Craig Lu­cas is putting his mu­si­cal gifts to good use this Man­dela Day.

He is team­ing up with Real Art Wed­nes­day (RAW) on Man­dela Day to pro­vide san­i­tary tow­els to young girls in poor com­mu­ni­ties.

Lu­cas has agreed to be the head­line act for RAW’s plat­form to pro­vide lo­cal up­com­ing artists with the op­por­tu­nity to show­case their mu­si­cal tal­ents at In­side on the Greens in Wyn­berg.

The pro­ceeds will be do­nated to Project Dig­nity, which pro­vides san­i­tary tow­els to girls in dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties.

“This project has taken off in other provinces but Cape Town is still lag­ging.

“A friend told me that she knows of young women in poor ar­eas who use news­pa­per and even plas­tic bags as they sim­ply can­not af­ford san­i­tary tow­els,” said Lu­cas.

He told Week­end Argus he was spot­ted by KFM DJ Ryan O’Con­nor at a RAW event and that’s how his glit­ter­ing ca­reer was launched.

He added that in some schools con­doms were pro­vided free of charge, but san­i­tary tow­els were not made avail­able to young women.

“With this project, I hope to also start the con­ver­sa­tion around men­stru­a­tion as this topic is of­ten taboo. Men don’t want to talk about it, but it’s im­por­tant that we have this dis­cus­sion,” added Lu­cas, who said a lack of fem­i­nine hy­giene ma­te­ri­als for young women was of­ten the rea­son why many dropped out of school.

“Peo­ple do not al­ways think of the real rea­sons why young women drop out of school. They think the girls are lazy but this is not al­ways the case,” he added.

Tick­ets for the event on Wed­nes­day cost R67 and Lu­cas is en­cour­ag­ing every­one to do their bit for Man­dela Day by sup­port­ing the RAW event.

If you’re look­ing for some­thing to do this Man­dela Day, ei­ther on­line or off­line, the web­site for­good.co.za has made things a bit eas­ier for you.

Mark­ing 100 years since Madiba was born, there is no bet­ter time than now to get stuck in and do some­thing re­ally cool for Man­dela Day.

This year’s theme, Be the Legacy, is en­cour­ag­ing every­one to take #Ac­tionA­gain­stPoverty by de­vot­ing 67 min­utes of their time to pub­lic ser­vice on July 18 – Man­dela’s birthday.

For­good.co.za has listed 100 dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties across the coun­try for in­di­vid­u­als or groups to get in­volved in.

The web­site has nine cam­paigns, one for each prov­ince, with a com­bined to­tal of 100 ways to take part in #Man­de­laDay.

If you can’t make it to the or­gan­i­sa­tion on the day, there are loads of things you can do from the com­fort of your couch or of­fice desk – help man­age their Face­book page, tidy up their web­site, or do some pro­posal writ­ing – vir­tual vol­un­teer­ing is that easy!

You can help the Cancer As­so­ci­a­tion of SA (Cansa) by do­nat­ing Cansa care packs for adult and chil­dren cancer pa­tients this Man­dela Day.

You can also help the Hos­pice and Pal­lia­tive Care As­so­ci­a­tion of SA, which needs five vol­un­teers to raise funds for a soc­cer tour­na­ment.

St Luke’s Hos­pice is run­ning a cam­paign to ben­e­fit pal­lia­tive care pa­tients.

The Fisan­tekraal Cen­tre for De­vel­op­ment needs 10 vol­un­teers for one to four hours for Man­dela Day.

Us­ing Nel­son Man­dela’s own words: “It’s in your hands to make the world a bet­ter place.”

Mean­while, lo­cal ra­dio sta­tions are pulling out all the stops for Man­dela Day with char­ity events planned for next week.

Heart FM will be team­ing up with Canal Walk Shop­ping Mall to build a gi­ant mo­saic of Man­dela out of cans from 9am to 4.30pm.

The or­gan­is­ers are also look­ing to break the record on do­na­tions – food and funds – to sup­port this wor­thy cause.

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