Nelson Mandela Day: Be the change you want to see
Lifestyle Jul 13, 2020
Happy Nelson Mandela Day, Rosebank!
Nelson Mandela Day is an annual international day in honour of Madiba, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday.
It’s also known as 67 minutes for Mandela Day where people across the globe do something good in 67 minutes. Each minute symbolises every year that Mandela served the country. Since 1942 he campaigned for human rights and spent his life making the world a better place.
On his 90th birthday in London’s Hyde Park, in England, he announced, “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”
How to celebrate Mandela Day
The Nelson Mandela Foundation launched a new Mandela Day strategy in 2019 – Mandela Day: The Next Chapter. This year, marking the 11th celebration is to mobilise people, governments, civil society and corporates to focus on five areas: education and literacy, food and nutrition, shelter, sanitation and active citizenship.
This day encourages us to get involved to drive Mandela Day’s ten objectives:
- Provision of quality education for all children.
- All children in Early Childhood Development (ECD) to have access to learning resources for development.
- Reduce hunger in families through the provision of nutritious meals.
- Eliminate malnutrition and stunting in young children.
- Provide safe shelter for families to live and thrive in.
- Eliminate homelessness.
- Sanitation that is safe in every school.
- Enable access to safe sanitation for all communities.
- Dedicate more resources to supporting poverty eradication projects.
- Encourage public participation and activist voices towards the eradication of poverty and inequality.
What can you do?
Every small effort can help someone in need and change their circumstances. To provide a positive change and taking action in #ActionAgainstPoverty, you can assist in inspiring others to become part of the global movement for good.
As an individual you can volunteer at soup kitchens, help make up stationery packs for children for underprivileged schools, clean up neighbourhoods, donate old clothes, or makeup care kits with necessary toiletries for patients in hospitals or even lunch packs for medical staff.
Alternatively, you can join a local corporate or charity organisation and partake in their projects planned for this year’s celebration. Whether it’s handing out sandwiches for people on the street or helping an urban community with a winter vegetable garden…as long as it’s for an uplifting purpose, you’ll contribute to Madiba’s vision to spread social justice and freedom for all.
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela