Let’s talk charity: you’ll never become poor by giving. You’ll become richer

We recently celebrated Mandela’s birthday by spending 67 minutes of our time giving back. Can you remember how good you felt? Now imagine how blow-your-mind-amazing you’ll feel if you made helping people, animals, the planet your hobby. Sure, it’s easy to toss 5 bucks to the guy watching your car and think that’s charity, but giving back isn’t about giving away cash and stuff. Why? Because your time and effort are the greatest gifts you can give.

Pay it forward

Maybe you’re great with kids. So why not get involved at Hotel Hope? Maybe organisation is your thing. Then volunteering at The Homestead would be great. Take your skills, your passions – whatever you’ve learnt in life, and use them to help others. Charity is often confused with spending cash. And yeah, you can if you want to, but there are other ways you can give too. All it takes is a few hours a month to make a world of a difference in someone’s life.

Be the change

As a business that deals with dough, we often talk about saving. When you save, you’re growing something, but saving and growing isn’t limited to money (and trees). By getting behind NGOs that help communities, like Gift of the Givers, you’re helping to grow a better future for everyone. It takes time and constant compassion to see the effects of giving back, but as Tata once said, “It is in your hands, to make a better world for all who live in it.”

Invest your time

A couple of weeks ago, our team cleaned up an orphanage. We left dirty and tired, but with larger-than-life smiles. Afterwards, we all felt this overwhelming wave to keep helping and we realised the importance of keeping that spark alive. Nurture it, give of yourself and leave a lasting impact.