November & December #InspirationForTheNation

 

Oh, my goodness! It’s already November, and only 7 more weeks to go until 2018…eeek!

 

As we go into the festive season, it should be a time where we embrace not only our own friends and family but adopt a spirit of giving and embrace those that do not have, as well.

There are a number of campaigns on the go that focus on giving to the underprivileged. If you have not yet got involved, why not pay it forward this year and give a gift to someone who would otherwise not celebrate Christmas. This is my combined November & December #InspirationForTheNation.

Here are some ideas:

Santa Shoebox Project:

The Santa Shoebox Project collects and distributes gifts at Christmas time to underprivileged children throughout South Africa and Namibia.

There are many ways of getting involved. You can pledge a box, volunteer your time, become a sponsor or make a financial donation. Some of the deadlines for the collection of boxes may have passed fro your area, but visit their website to find out more.

If this is your first time, Suzelle DIY shows you how to pack a Santa Shoebox

East Coast Radio Toy Story:

East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game, now in its 17th year, will again provide joy through toys to thousands of children in government hospitals, children’s home and crèches across KwaZulu-Natal.

Find collection boxes at your nearest KZN Game store where you can donate a new toy.  These donated toys are then distributed at paediatric wards in state-owned facilities across the province. To get involved visit their website.

Feeding schemes:

Local churches around the country will be hosting feeding schemes. Why not visit your local church and see if you can get involved.

Spreading the Joy of Christmas:

Christmas is a time of celebration with family, but some of us do not have a family to celebrate with or do not have the funds to celebrate. Homes that care for the elderly are always requesting help from the community. Your kindness makes all the difference to someone who’s old, lonely and struggling to make ends meet on a small pension.

If you cannot physically spend the time, then why not make an online donation to help towards a Christmas Party for the elderly. Donate here

A simple invitation:

If you are having a big lunch with family, why not invite someone who does not have anyone to celebrate with and maybe get them a gift to feel appreciated.

Helping out:

Another idea is not for Christmas, but for the New Year. Park Boulevard Centre in Durban North is hosting a Back to School” stationery collection drive! For many school children living in impoverished areas, child-headed homes, or orphanages, a coloured pencil, crayon, Koki, exam pad or pencil case, is not something they always have access to, and some have never even owned one. Park Boulevard Centre is once again appealing to the community to dig into their children’s old stationery piles, or add on some extra pens and books onto the stationery list for next year, to help out those children who cannot help themselves, and who need these tools to be educated. The stationery can be donated at the collection boxes situated at selected Park Boulevard Centre stores from now until the end of November.

Whatever you decide to do, think with your heart this Christmas and spread a little joy.

 

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February #InspirationForTheNation

Once a month I will be posting about something inspiring under #InspirationForThe Nation…and for this week, I have to highlight 27-year-old Cassie De Pecol who has visited every country in the world. That is 196 countries, which she accomplished in 18 months and 26 days. WOW!

I read this story on All4women, a blog I follow and it is truly amazing. Read more here

So I decided to research a little about this as I wasn’t even sure of how many countries there actually were in the world before I read this article. It is somewhat embarrassing to admit, but I never thought of finding out. This year I am determined to learn new things, so I wanted to share this with you too, just in case you didn’t know.

Firstly there are 7 continents that make up the world. They are Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America & South America.

 

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Then there are 196 countries in the world that are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Central African Republic (CAR)
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • United Kingdom (UK)
  • United States of America (USA)
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City (Holy See)
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

If we narrow this list down to the top 10 most beautiful countries in the world, this is what allbesttop10.com suggests (even though beauty is in the eye of the beholder).

  1. Italy
  2. New Zealand
  3. South Africa
  4. United Kingdom
  5. France
  6. Australia
  7. Japan
  8. USA
  9. Scotland
  10. Indonesia

Going back to #Expedition196 – what I loved about Cassie’s website is the fact that she has various places to visit all on one site – so we are able to follow her journey and be educated on the beauty of the countries she visited through her eyes. Another important addition to the website is a blog post about Traveling alone as a woman… this is a must read.

#InspirationForTheNation

Ciao for now

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