Mandela Day originated after Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 where he said “it is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now”.
Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for social justice and human rights, which he did with great personal sacrifice. The United Nations declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009.
The Mandela Day campaign calls on individuals, groups and corporates to pledge 67 minutes of their time on 18 July and as often as possible to give back to society. This can be done by supporting a charity or serving the community no matter how small the action. The aim is to change the world for the better, just as Mandela did.
Nelson Mandela also said , I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.
What can you do for Mandela day?
- Donate educational toys and books to a children’s home, pre-school or hospital.
- Volunteer at your police station or local faith- based organisation to assist as required.
- Start a community garden.
- Donate books to a library
- Mentor someone in your community on life skills
- Activities that inspire change www.mandeladay.com
NAPTOSA urges members to take action and inspire change on Mandela Day.