Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It was launched on his birthday, 18 July 2009 via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly. Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place. Each year, on 18 July, we look back on what has been done, and forward to what can be done.

Making every day a Mandela Day celebrates Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.

And so, we challenge all our partners to honour Madiba on this day, and throughout the year. For this year’s Mandela Day, please consider how you can support in one or more of the following ways:


  • Employee Giving

Companies can encourage staff to donate R67 each in honour of Madiba’s 67 years of service. In order to amplify this giving, and support the initiative, the company itself could, in turn, match these donations towards improved paediatric care for children.

  • SMS Donations

You and your friends/colleagues can encourage other to donate simply by using your mobile phone: SMS ‘Gift’ to 40301 to donate (SMS costs R20, Ts & C’s apply)

  • Bank Donations

Bank deposit or electronic funds transfer (EFT) – this can be a once-off or a stop order that you can set up with your bank, in order to donate to NMCH. No amount is too small.

Bank details:

Name: Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust

Bank: Standard Bank

Account No: 402 268 571

Branch Code: 007 205 (Killarney Branch)

  • Payfast

Payfast on our donations facilitates credit/debit card donation. Please look out for the button that allows you to opt in to give on month basis!

  • Legacy giving

As a legacy project of his, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is a living monument to Madiba’s legacy and commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable children.

What is your contribution to generations to come?

Have you ever thought that your legacy could be your gift? A legacy gift is a planned future gift that designates some part of your estate to NMCH. Through your will, trust or other financial instruments such as pooled income funds and annuities you could have a powerful impact on not only a child’s life but also on the Southern African paediatric health industry at large.

For who knows who the next Madiba will be? Leave a gift to NMCH in your will and give each and every child a chance to live and thrive!

  • Clothes, pyjamas and nappies

NMCH is a referral hospital, meaning patients go from hospital to hospital for extended periods of time. In that process, a patient can arrive at our hospital with nothing but the hospital gown they are wearing. To help these patients, donations of brand-new clothing and items to help them clean up would do a great deal to make them feel more comfortable during their stay here and when they go back home. (Please note: The following items are for 0 – 16 years of age):

  • Pyjamas
  • Clothes
  • Disposable nappies and wipes (plus baby oil, baby powder)
  • Toiletries (soap/bodywash, facecloth, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant)
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Underwear
  • Gowns


  • Welcome packs

We endeavour to give every child treated at NMCH a welcome pack – a fun-filled pack that contains materials to entertain, inform and support patients during their stay at our hospital. You and your friends/colleagues can coordinate collections and donate goodies to Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital to enable us to create welcome packs that a welcoming and healing environment for our patients and their families.

  • Brand new story books (all languages, and for children up to 18 years of age)
  • Brand new toys (including bubble-blowing kits, plastic building blocks)
  • Drawing and colouring-in books
  • Stationery (including crayons, paints, craft kits, play dough/children’s play clay)
  • Musical toys
  • Board games
  • Teddy bears and plush toys


  • Toys for the Rehabilitation Unit

As much as a giving hand is appreciated at NMCH, due to infection control, we cannot accept used toys of any kind. Our hospital collects toys for play purposes and some to be used by our Allied Professionals on patients for therapeutic purposes:

  • Pieces of different types of fabrics – for a child to explore different types of textures
  • Cellophane rolls – red and yellow
  • Pom poms (the brighter the better)
  • Plastic tubs
  • Bubbles
  • Pipe cleaners – various colours
  • Small Spikey balls (hard and fluffy ones)
  • Polystyrene balls (various sizes)
  • Beads and string
  • Hula hoops
  • Farm animals
  • Stacking cups
  • Stacking rings
  • Plastic nuts and bolts set
  • Brainy Blocks
  • Transportation toys (Cars, trains, trucks – can be wooden)
  • 2-piece, 3-piece, 4-piece and 6-piece puzzle
  • Plastic or play food
  • Play-Doh
  • Skipping rope
  • Wooden alphabet blocks
  • Musical instruments
  • Counting blocks/counting cans
  • Coloured Picture Cards


  • Physical work required at the hospital

If you are interested in doing physical work on the hospital grounds, specific requirements have to be followed, and we invite you to contact us should you like more information. You may contact Ayabulela Poro (email:, tel: +27 10 133 0749) or Prudence Siweya (email:, tel: +27 10 133 0680)