Something I have really been wanting to do more of this year and just, in general, is volunteer more of my time towards anywhere really that needs a couple of helping hands. The thing that bugs me about myself is that I often think about how I would like to get more involved but then I never take it further than a thought because time gets away from me, or I just don’t put enough effort into finding out where I can actually go to help, which is not great on my part!
And that is why I was so amped to discover that MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet has partnered up with Johannesburg-based non-profit organisation (NPO) Better SA and their very innovative and super awesome hop-on hop-off mini-bus volunteer service, which literally arranges everything for you. Get this, all you have to do is go online and book your spot on one of their buses which will be waiting at various pre-determined pick spots around Johannesburg every single Saturday. The service is free of charge and co-ordinated from start to finish so that all you have to do is pitch up and make the most of the time you have available! How cool is that?
So a couple of weeks back I arrived at one of the pick-up points at Ethel Grey Park in Illovo, I jumped onto the mini bus and headed out with about 8 other people to Lerato Education Centre in Jackson’s Drift Informal Centre. There we were met by all these amazing kids who were so happy to show us around their school. We spent the next couple of hours painting murals on some of their classroom walls, planting veggies in their brand new veggie patch and hanging curtains up in some of the classrooms. We also got to hang out with the kids a bit, which was so sweet. They were such characters.
I really think this idea is golden! Better SA has come up with a really awesome and easy way to give back to our communities in a hands-on way and I really hope that more and more people sign up to join in. I will definitely be doing this again because it literally took just a few minutes to set up and it felt good to help out, even if it was in a small way.
If you guys are interested in volunteering just jump onto the Better SA website and book yourself a spot on one of their buses. Maybe I’ll see you there 🙂
Buses leave at the below bus hubs every Saturday morning at 9am and will drop you back off at 12pm latest.
– Broadacres Shopping Centre, Cedar Road, Fourways
– James and Ethel Grey Park, North Street, Illovo
– 14th Avenue District Shopping Centre, 14th Avenue, Roodepoort
– Vodaworld, Vodacom Boulevard, Midrand