In every community, you will find people that are admired and respected for their achievements. They may be bettering the lives of others, standing up for peoples’ rights, or setting an excellent example through their career success. It’s time to shine brighter and be the next star in your community!

How can you be a star in your community?

Small actions can lead to big changes. Your community will have various causes that need support, and your contribution – no matter how small – can make a difference to the lives of others.

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together – Vincent Van Gogh

Here are some areas where communities will commonly need assistance:


The schools in your area will often need help with fund-raising, donations or teaching assistance. If you enjoy working with children, you could consider studying an Early Childhood Development (ECD) course and applying for a job at an ECD centre. You could even work towards the goal of opening your own ECD centre to provide much-needed care for children in your community.

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children Nelson Mandela.

Social issues

In South Africa, social issues such as gender-based violence, the orphaning of children, and drug and alcohol abuse impact negatively on society. If you want to assist with these issues, get in touch with an organisation that raises awareness about these issues and seeks to find solutions. If you feel passionate about a social issue that isn’t getting the attention it needs, you could also explore the idea of opening your own organisation with like-minded members of the community.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has – Margaret Mead

Environmental issues

Worsening environmental problems such as pollution and littering affect the health and pride of communities. You could arrange a clean-up campaign that focuses on picking up litter and promoting the idea of a clean community of which residents can be proud. If you’re worried about the state of the natural environment, join an environmental NGO, or start your own small group of environmental crusaders! If the wellbeing of community members is important to you, you could also consider a health and safety course.

We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment Margaret Mead


Sport and recreation

Many members of the community are deprived of opportunities to enjoy sport and recreation, especially the youth. If you enjoy sport, then think about assisting with coaching, arranging sporting events or starting a sports league in your area.

Perhaps the greatest feeling we experience in sport is freedom – Heather Reid

Setting an example through your own success

To become a star in your community, you don’t always have to take a hands-on approach to tackling important issues. You can also act as a role model to others by showing what is possible with hard work, passion, and dedication. You can show your fellow community members that no matter your background or living circumstances, you can make a success of yourself.  Being a role model and mentor to others can have a much greater impact than you realise, inspiring others to achieve similarly great things!


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