Mandela Day, South Africa- Nelson Mandela was a man like no other. A kind-hearted politician, a human rights activist and the father of a nation, this was a man sired by men.
In celebration of his birthday each year, the 18th of July, we take time out of our schedules to give back to our great country. A way to thank him for all he did, as well as honour his memory in the most significant way possible, Mandela Day is marked as a day of giving- a day in which we all take 67 minutes do give back to our community, our land and our world as a whole.
The message Mandela wanted us to all remember and understand is simple- each individual has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better. It is with this thought in mind that each year we take to the streets, so to speak, to improve someone else’s time on this earth. The amount of time we spend helping others, 67 minutes, is a tribute to the 67 years the man himself spent making this world a better place. A global call to action to follow in his footsteps, it is through actions like these that we can say “we have done what we can to help those in need”.
In celebration of Mandela Day, people all around the world hold initiatives and events to ensure everyone does what they can in whatever way they can. From organisations holding fundraisers and charity drives to corporate businesses urging their staff to make sandwiches for the homeless, these initiatives are what make us stronger and more unified as a people.
All across the world, people are coming together over the next few days to build a better and stronger human race. Something special to be a part of this Mandela Day, residents around Johannesburg and Sandton have the chance to donate a can to the needy.
A drive by SAFM and Nelson Mandela Square- watched over by a statue of Madiba himself- asks members of the public to take time out of their busy days to help those who cannot help themselves. By donating cans of various foods, as well as other non-perishable food items, we as a country can help those in need, raising them up to a new level of social integrity and standing.
Take some time to help these amazing people make a difference, whether stopping by and donating food, or even offering to help were able, this is a brilliant way to help the community at hand.
In return for everything Madiba has done for our world, and all that he has taught us, we owe it to him to continue his legacy by living and giving as best we can, not just on this day of remembrance, but every day before and after, throughout the rest of our lives.
Be the change you wish to see in the world, join us and our fellows across the globe as we spend 67 minutes this week giving back to our people, our country and our world.
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