“It is time for new hands to lift the burdens” – Nelson Mandela, 2008

The Nelson Mandela Foundation and 46664, the campaign vehicle of the Mandela organizations, are calling for Mandela Day on 18 July, to be recognized as an annual international ‘day of humanitarian action’ in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy.

Mandela Day is designed to harness the hope and inspiration that Mr Mandela has brought to the world by galvanizing a global movement for good. This day will be characterized by local people taking charge of their own destinies and at the same time, they will be honouring Nelson Mandela by doing good for others. It is hoped that Mandela Day will be a catalyst for individuals and communities to emphasize the values of ‘social cohesion’ such as inclusivity and respect. Whatever activity is planned should promote dialogue and a sense of community.

Mandela Day, is not a holiday but is intended to become an annual celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and a global call to action for people to recognize that everyone has the power to change the world around them. The ultimate aim is the creation of a continuous movement for good.
Nelson Mandela has given 67 years of his life in service. On Mandela Day we ask individuals to give at least 67 minutes of their time in service to their communities in whichever way they choose. Although the 67 minutes call is symbolic, we urge people to become involved in good works on an ongoing basis, thereby helping to create a movement for good.

A global movement for positive change begins with small actions. Each person who responds to this call, should decide for themselves what they would like to do, and then do it as a tribute to Nelson Mandela. As he has reminded us, “it’s in our hands” to create a better world and we take inspiration from his example to take responsibility for ourselves and to understand our responsibility for others.

The Mandela Day campaign welcomes the involvement of individuals, organizations, companies and NGOs and encourages them to do something good to improve their communities.

In a related development, the South African High Commission in Ghana will participate in the inaugural 67-minute Mandela Day Campaign on 18 July 2009 by visiting the SOS Children’s Village in Tema.

The South African High Commissioner, Ms Ntombizodwa Lallie, and diplomats will volunteer their time to repaint walls in the Village. The SOS children will be making palm imprints on a wall to show their active commitment to Mandela Day.

The Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs, Ms Akua Serna Dansua, is scheduled to participate in the event.

South African companies, Shoprite and Game as well as Coca-Cola will be supporting the event.

Source: South African High Commission