Mandela Day is an international day of honour, servitude and remembrance, celebrated each year on the 18th of June, on Nelson Mandela’s birthday.

Nelson Mandela famously said, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

What Is Mandela Day?

Mandela Day is about more than just a celebration the legendary man’s life and legacy, it is a day to reflect on what we as individuals and as a nation are doing to make a change for the better.

Over the past eight years, Mandela Day has encouraged a movement of people across the globe, seeing each person dedicate 67 minutes of their time to collectively make a difference through volunteering, donations and community service.

Why 67 minutes for Mandela Day, you may ask? Nelson Mandela fought for social justice for 67 years of his life and by devoting 67 minutes of our time – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – we can take a step towards a global movement for good.

To find out more about Mandela’s life, the struggles he faced and the 27 years he spent incarcerated, step inside his prison cell and walk around the infamous limestone quarry on the Cape Town Robben Island Museum Tour, or discover the entirety of this incredible leader’s journey during The Footsteps of Nelson Mandela Tour.

Why Do We Celebrate Mandela Day?

The message behind Mandela Day is simple: We all have the ability and the responsibility to make the world a better place for everyone in it.

No matter how small your action is on Mandela day, if every small action holds the intention to change the world, just as Nelson Mandela did, we can change the world.

This is a day for us to get stuck in, roll up our sleeves and play an active role in helping to heal and build our communities. Whether we donate our time, our money or lend a helping hand to someone in need, sharing Nelson Mandela’s vision of a better future for everyone should be our intention.

How Can You Celebrate Mandela Day 2019

Over the past decade, Mandela Day has raised the opportunity to practise commitment to uplifting the dignity of South Africans and others around the world. Mandela Day encourages people to support initiatives in the areas of:

  • Education 
  • Literacy 
  • Food
  • Nutrition 
  • Sanitation
  • Shelter

How You Can Get Involved on Mandela Day 2019

There are plenty of organizations all around the world, each running incredible projects, drives and initiatives that you can get involved with this Mandela Day. Below are just a few of the incredible organizations sharing their plans for Mandela Day.

SPCA Mandela Day Kennel Build 

This Mandela Day, take action by giving 67 minutes of your time to animals in need. This year, the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is holding a Mandela Day Kennel build initiative. You can fund a kennel for R500.00 or join on the day to share your 67 minutes with animals in need of care. Email events@spca-ct.co.za to sign up for the day!

Mandela Day in aid of Santa Shoebox Project 

For Christmas in July, volunteers assist in packing thousands of Santa Shoeboxes filled with toiletries, sweets, clothing, school supplies and stationary, books and toys for underprivileged children in South Africa and Namibia. Children younger than 13 are welcome to register and serve their 67 minutes. Find out more about the Santa Shoebox project. 

Mandela Day Maker Space

Join Mandela Day Maker Space hosted by Learning in Reach and create calming kits and corners in classrooms for children who have experienced trauma during the early childhood development stage.

Ladies of Love -Mandela Day and Beyond! 

Book your tickets for the Ladies of Love event and spend your 67 minutes preparing a large serving of soup for the hungry in Cape Town. Purchasing the ticket will include your donation to the cause, as well as a pass to prep, chop, welcoming, cooking, serving soup and more. 

Secret Sunrise JHB – Dance for Madiba

Dance for Madiba and join in on the most epic view of the Johannesburg skyline. Watch the sun set at 5:35 pm while you dance in loving memory of the iconic hero, Tata Madiba. All proceeds made from the event is donated to the Children’s Memorial Institute at the Uthando Centre. Contact jozi@secretsunrise.com if you have any questions regarding ticket sales.

Whatever you do on 18 July this year, take action, inspire change and go forward and make every day a Mandela Day!

What are you doing for Mandela Day 2019?

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