Following the success of Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in June 2008, it was decided that there could be nothing more fitting than to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday each year with a day dedicated to his life’s work and that of his charitable organisations, and to ensure his legacy continues forever.
Nelson Mandela International Day, also known as Mandela Day, is held on July 18th each year. The day remembers Mandela’s achievements in working towards conflict resolution, democracy, human rights, peace, and reconciliation.
The Mandela Day campaign message is simple: Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. All we are asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting your chosen charity or serving your local community.
Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals – for people everywhere – to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr Mandela did.
Project volunteers at this particular wildlife conservation programme, will be paying their respects by volunteering at Vuyani Safe Haven in Graaff-Reinet. There they will interact with the children by playing football, doing crafts and helping the younger ones with the colouring-in skills. They will also be installing a much needed rubbish bin in the park where the children play.
What can I do on Mandela Day?
The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”
(Individuals and organisations are free to participate in 2012 Nelson Mandela International Day as they wish. All that is asked, is that everyone is asked to adhere to the ethical framework of “service to one’s fellow human”).