Nelson Mandela, who died on December 2013 at 95, was a historic South African who spent much of this life lobbying for change. On July 18, a global call to action in his honor kicks off for the sixth year. Mandela Day encourages everyone to find a way to make a difference in their world, where it is through volunteerism, education, providing access to safe food, or helping establish safe shelter and infrastructure.
“Mandela Day – a simple idea, based on a great vision and an incredible role model.”
Mandela Day asks those who want to make a difference to choose something they can help with for 67 minutes, in honor of the 67 years that Mandela worked for change in his country. To commemorate the service of a great leader, people all over the world will be able to devote 67 minutes serving humanity in one way or another.
This is a chance for people to make a significant difference and to be part of the global movement for good. EM Foster once said, “one person with passion is better than 40 people merely interested”, so you could choose do something you are passionate about on 18 July. If like us, you are passionate about books, we have 5 great ideas on how you can spend 67 minutes this year.
- Tidy out your bookshelves and donate those pre-loved books to a charity shop or a secondhand bookstore.
- Volunteer your time with a literacy program or any library reading activities that promote reading culture among children.
- Why not support Short Story Day Africa, a project dedicated to promoting and developing African writers and writing. Watch this video to find out more
- If you are keen on finding something that suits your interests, skills or schedule – you can browse through Forgood by cause, area or categories. (https://www.forgood.co.za)
- Finally, sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. Take the time talking to your children and engaging with them. On this day, people are encouraged to begin conversations with their children and ask them how they feel they can help make the world a better place.
"Hi, I'm Rev, 24 years old and a Master's student at Murdoch University, Western Australia. My hobbies include writing and baking of all sorts! Education has always played an important role in my life and B.O.B works towards that same goal of raising awareness and funds for the education of children in refugee camps. You get to work alongside selfless people that share the same perspective.