Top Charities Making A Difference In Pretoria

In joyful remembrance of beloved Madiba and his inspiring legacy, we’re all celebrating Mandela Day on 18 July by giving 67 minutes of our time to further a worthy cause. This year’s theme is Action Against Poverty and in this spirit, here are a couple of local charities where you can contribute your 67 minutes.

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day is a charity that collects handmade knitted or crocheted blankets from volunteers to distribute to a specific charity each year on Mandela Day. So, if you are a knitwit who’s able to make a blanket, get in touch with 67 Blankets on Facebook or via email for more details.

Details: [email protected] /

Stop Hunger Now Meal Packing

Stop Hunger Now is hosting a meal packing event in Times Square in Menlyn on 18 July. These meal packing events are held all over the country and are aimed at businesses to encourage teams of 20 employees to pack meals for 67 minutes as their contribution towards Mandela Day. Each corporate team should aim to pack 3 200 meals in their 67 -minute time slot – this provides 15 children with five meals a week for an entire year. Registration forms for participation in this event are available online.


The Viva Foundation Mandela Day Volunteer Opportunities

The Viva Foundation runs a variety of childcare and education projects in Mamelodi. For Madiba Day, Viva has a variety of individual and team-volunteering opportunities that include painting, gardening, cleaning and children’s activities happening on-site at the Viva Village in Mamelodi East. The Viva Foundation also has financial sponsorship opportunities – for R450 you can sponsor a child at Viva Kids for a whole month.


New Beginningz

New Beginningz is a local NPO that focuses on providing care for children living on the streets, from abandoned newborn babies to children of 18 years of age. There exists a large need for baby toiletries and food such as nappies, wipes, bum cream, good quality bottles, receiving blankets, Purity fruits and non-perishable food items. Putting together a hamper with these items, to deliver to New Beginningz, is a great way to make a real-world contribution in caring for the future generation of our country.


Pretoria Care For The Aged

Pretoria Care For The Aged works to provide help and support to the elderly, and other vulnerable people, living outside residential facilities. The developmental social work and ageing programmes are built on respecting the rights of the elderly while helping them to find safe housing as well as deal with loss, loneliness and declining resources. Blankets, clothes, garden tools, kitchenware and non-perishable food items are always welcome donations to help sustain Pretoria Care For The Aged’s work.


Save The Children

Save The Children is a children’s charity that operates in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Free State, in five programme areas: early childhood care, health and nutrition, education, child protection and child rights governance. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities available in each province within each programme, and you can find more info on the volunteer positions on their website.



PEN (Participate, Empower, Navigate) is a non-profit Christian organisation that aims to ignite change and heal communities in the local region. One of the many areas of PEN’s services is supportive housing. This service aims to provide permanent, affordable housing for low-income youth, disabled and formerly homeless people. The organisation needs support for this housing project in the form of financial management, human resources, marketing, maintenance, vehicle management and IT. If any of these is your field of expertise, why not get in touch with PEN to volunteer your skills?



LifeLine acts as an emotional first-aid station to the greater Pretoria area. This charity provides a confidential crisis intervention service that includes telephone counselling, face-to-face counselling, rape counselling and trauma counselling. LifeLine is continuously in need of strong individuals who are willing to train as counsellors and volunteer their time to help provide this important service to our local communities.


Dogtown SA

Dogtown SA is a rehabilitation centre for abandoned dogs with an average of 150 dogs in their care. Dogtown SA needs volunteers to walk the furkids, give them some TLC and help clean doghouses and containers. There are two volunteer sessions, morning and afternoon, every day of the week and you can register as a volunteer by dropping them an e-mail.

Details: [email protected] /

By Jana van der Linde