67 Minute Of Mandela Day

“Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes.” “We would be honored if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace, reconciliation and cultural diversity,”

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On 27 April 2009, the 46664 concerts and the Nelson Mandela Foundation invited the global community to join them in support of an official Mandela Day. Mandela Day is not meant as a public holiday, but as a day to honor the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former President, and his values, through volunteering and community service. Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact. To mark the first global celebration of Mandela Day on 18 July 2009, Mandela’s 91st birthday, a series of educational, art exhibit, fund-raising and volunteer events leading up to a concert at Radio City Music Hall on 18 July were organised by the 46664 concerts and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly formally declared 18 July to be “Nelson Mandela International Day”.

Mandela Day is really about being considerate to those who have less than usual. That is why we spent time with South African celebrities and the top 16 Miss South African Finalist. The list was overwhelming as KNaomi ,Oros Mampofu, Ayanda Mckayi, Blue Mbombo, Maps Maponyane and Dr Tshepo Motsepe were in attendance to help the Olifantsvlei Primary School in Soweto. The celebrities came out and helped the community do their bidding for 67 minutes Mandela Day, They showed us underneath the glitz and the glam that they are real people with passionate desires to do this more often for the communities they came from. With Oros Mampofu recently being in Vosloorus Stadium for a Youth Business Summit with his impressive resume he should run for a new youth leader. The day was filled with fun and laughs and food most importantly that was helped prepared by Blue Mlambo, Her charm and sweetness brought a rather delicious atmosphere to the whole place she and Maps Maponyane showed us they really can get dirty into hard working labour which taught us observing that in life there really isn’t nothing that comes easy, Yes (laughs) they make it look easy but a part of you has to be in everything you do and we would like to thank the celebrities for showing up and also teaching us not through words rather through action. All the work in the Olifantsvlei Primary School in Soweto was left up to date, Its was suppose to be 67minutes but it turned into more we would like to challenge more celebrities to show us the youth that are observing life lessons, Not through writing a cheque to get things done (which will be appreciated) but show us the basics of life and really how to persevere.

We would officially like to thank each and everyone that participated in the 67 minutes of Mandela Day, You are the pillars that make South Africa a better place, Not only for South Africans but for the rainbow nation we are and we urged you to know that nothing is in vain, All your hard work is noticed by the beauty that is surrounding this great nation. The celebrities that came out everywhere in South Africa we appreciate you keep on doing good, It does not start or end with 67minutes but should be an encouragement to do good for the next person each and everyday of our lives.


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