Make 2016 your year for doing something for others – and start as you mean to carry on. Already there are several volunteering opportunities planned at which you can earn GEMs for playing your part.
South African author Lauren Beukes is helping to promote a culture of reading in South Africa. The proceeds from her latest charity art show are going to the children's literary organisation, Book Dash. Pages from her book, Broken Monsters, were turned into creative designs and sold for R1 500 each.
African NPOs can access the services of TechSoup through its new global offering. This will help them to raise the funds they need to continue their work in uplifting their communities, as well as help them to become sustainable.
Donated clothes are the centre of The Empty Shop in Sandton City, Johannesburg. They are on display and then sold, with proceeds going towards the Tomorrow Trust. What is not sold at the pop-up shop is taken to a charity shop. Again, the proceeds are for the educational group.
Carina Bruwer of Sterling EQ is on a mission through Swim For Hope to raise R600 000 to make December, especially Christmas, bearable for children with cancer. Recently, she swam 21km in Italy and earned R20 000 for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust.
On one of the coldest nights of winter, chief executives from more than 240 companies slept on the pavement. Their efforts were both lauded and criticised, but they raised funds for Girls and Boys Town South Africa and built a lot of empathy for the homeless.
Growing up, cakes were always a family affair for Nerine Gardiner, who baked her first cake at nine or 10. Today, as Girl with Cake, she bakes cakes and hands them to strangers who look like they need a little cheering up.