“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference”. – Nelson Mandela
Can you spare 67 minutes of your time helping others?
Mandela Day on July 18 is an annual global day adopted by the United Nations.
Every year on 18 July on Mandela Day — (on Mandela’s birthday) — people around the world are asked by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and encouraging by the United Nations to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others. As each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact to mark Nelson Mandela International Day and to take his life’s work into a new century and change our world for the better.
For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the public service and human rights struggling for social justice — as he was a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president in 1994 of a free South Africa.
Devote 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mr. Mandela’s public service – is a way to embrace Madiba’s values and honor his legacy through an act of kindness, by making a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.
How the Day came about:
On 27 April 2009, the 46664 concerts and the Nelson Mandela Foundation invited the global community to join them in support of an official Mandela Day, thus In November 2009, officially the UN General Assembly declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” as a day to honor the legacy of Nelson Mandela the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace, freedom, and volunteering and community service.
Nelson Mandela’s values were to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the uplifting of poor and underdeveloped communities. Nelson Mandela’s has struggled for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.
If you would like to donate your own time to public service and take part of some activities to promote Nelson Mandela Day, here are some things you can do to take action and inspire change; who knows, it might leave you inspired enough to make every day a Mandela Day
• Create a new relationship with a foreign friend, someone from a different cultural background.
• Read to someone who can’t read because he is blind or none enough educated to read.
• Give hope and sunshine to terminally ill people have no one to speak to.
• Donate a wheelchair or guide dog, to someone in need.
Help someone you know, who can’t afford medical treatment.
• Donate few blankets for homeless or give them to someone in need.
Honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela by Taking an Action and get Inspired Changes. “We would be honored if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace and reconciliation,” according to a statement issued on Mandela’s behalf.