Nelson Mandela International Day was launched by a panel of schoolchildren on Monday in the absence of the recuperating former president.
Foundation spokesperson Sello Hatang said a decision was made ahead of the launch not to mention Madiba’s health to avoid it overshadowing the event. Monday’s launch, held at the Nelson Mandela Foundations’s premises in Houghton saw children, from various high schools in Gauteng, give their views on what the day means to them and how it should be commemorated.
The children called for individuals and communities to make Mandela Day an everyday initiative to do good for the underprivileged. The foundation also showcased its social network pages on Twitter and Facebook, listed as “Centre of Memory”. Mandela Day falls on July 18, which is also Madiba’s birthday.
It was launched to encourage people across the globe to take the responsibility for making the world a better place by giving 67 minutes of their time to a worthy cause.
What will you be doing with your 67 minutes this year?