Mandela Day - what will you do?
- By Jack Preston -
- Jul 18, 2012
Today is Mandela Day, offering the world a chance to contribute to the continuous global movement for good that was once thrust into the public agenda by Mandela’s fight for global freedom and justice.
There’s plenty that you can do to get involved and become a Mandela Day Changemaker, with the opportunity to show that actions speak louder than words. Those already getting involved include Richard Branson, with the Virgin Group founder keen to play a part in this year’s proceedings.
“A few years ago the Nelson Mandela Foundation founded Mandela Day, an initiative around to world encouraging people to contribute at least 67 minutes towards bettering their community to celebrate Mandela’s life each year,” explained Branson.
“This year I’m taking part and my pledge for Mandela Day is to teach 67 children to swim, starting with a 67 minute lesson on Mandela Day.”
Donating skills, much like Richard Branson giving free swimming lessons, are a great way to get started. Looking after your environment, helping the elderly, caring for the youth, helping those in poverty, thinking of others and assuming the role of an educator are also fine ways to set an example this Mandela day.
If you’d like to find out more, or view a list of practical ways that you can participate, visit the Mandela Day website. There's no better way to say happy 94th birthday to Madiba than to get involved...