On 25 May 1963, the Organisation for African Unity (OAU) was founded in an effort to support African nations in the fight for independence and liberation from foreign rule. Each year, 25 May is celebrated worldwide to honour and commemorate this extraordinary institution, as well as the strength, power and resilience of the African people.
While all African states have been free from political domination for over 40 years, Africa once again finds herself under attack as over 50 African countries battle the fierce enemy of COVID-19, with South Africa having the highest number of cases. Due struggling economies and a shortage of proper medical equipment and resources, African nations are particularly vulnerable to colossal damage and collapse. This is especially true when considering that so many African communities struggle to access clean drinking water and proper sanitation, which can result in compromised immune systems.
At Wellness Warehouse, we recognise the immense value of having a healthy body, and we believe that it is absolutely essential to do all that we can to assist and protect our people. And so, this Africa Day we encourage you to reach out and support African and South African people so that we can all live life well.
How to Help South Africa
- Participate in our #WELLTogether Donation Drive by purchasing a reusable cloth face mask at cost price (in store or online), and we’ll add hand sanitiser and donate it to a frontline worker on your behalf. You can also buy a high-protein soup mix at cost in store or online, and we’ll match your donation and give it to a centre or organisation in need.
- Donate to the Solidarity Fund, an organisation that is working day and night to keep South Africans safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Donate to the eMedia and HCI Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund to help with the purchasing and delivery of food parcels around South Africa.
- Donate food or funds to the African Children’s Feeding Scheme (ACFS) to help them feed hundreds of impoverished children across the country.
- Donate blood to the SANBS – your donation could help to save 3 lives.
- The Woodstock Brewery has converted into a soup kitchen to feed thousands of South Africans in impoverished areas – you can donate either R100, R200 or R500 to aid their efforts and they will throw in a ticket for their “Post-Apocalypse Beer Fest”
- Check out forgood.co.za where you can sign up to be a virtual volunteer for thousands of causes through activities like doing an online shop for an NPO, using technological skills to build and design websites for charities, or a phone call to someone in an old-age home. This is also a great place to find worthy causes to donate funds or goods to!
How to Help in Africa
- Donate to Amref Health Africa – a global organisation that is working to support the African COVID-19 response by assisting health and frontline workers in a number of African countries.
- Check out AfricaGuide’s and Aid for Africa’s lists of worthy charities that you can donate to in order to support community upliftment where it is most needed.
Remember that no amount is too small, and if you can’t afford to donate you can always help out by volunteering in your community, supporting local business, and sharing articles like this on social media.
We live better when we live #WELLTogether.