Cape Town is community central. With so many options in putting your bank card aside and getting a little dirty, no one can refuse the options which Cape Town has to offer when it comes to helping out someone or something out. Here are three options in which you can get involved:
Walk a Dog and Make a Best Friend
If you can’t lift the bank balance why not lift the spirits? TEARS, which is located just off Kommetjie Road on the M5, is a non-profit organisation that aims to rescue abandoned dogs and cats. Donate your time and take part in their dog-walking program. This just allows you to make a fluffy friend for a day and I guarantee that after a few hours with a pooch, you’ll be feeling all the better. They do not live in the greatest environment, and often come from mistreated backgrounds, so why not make their day by giving it some time to play outside their cage.
Plant a Tree and Help Greenpop Grow
Greenpop plants trees, runs educational and hosts restoration festivals… all in the name of a greener future. They spearhead fun events aimed at raising environmental awareness: such as plant days at schools and football fields, jam sessions in Long Street’s car parks, bicycle rides in Cape Town and tree planting projects in Zambia. You can get involved for free by signing up on their volunteer database. This will definitely make you feel as if you are making a greater impact on the environment and for the future generations to be living in a non-technologically-dominate world.
Help knit 1000 blankets for orphaned babies who have very little support and warmth, especially during the harsh seasons of Cape Town. Me-A-Mamma, a company that markets maternity wear, has placed wool, needles and instructions in cafés, hairdressers and waiting rooms around Cape Town in an effort to crowd source labour from a caring public. While enjoying a coffee or getting your hair done, you can take part. It’s plain stitch knitting – you can learn how to do it in two minutes, and your impact will last longer than a lifetime for some of those babies.