What is Mandela day?

Bill Gates Snr, Nelson Mandela and former United States president Jimmy Carter at a clinic that cares for infants born with HIV. Photo:impatientoptimists.org

Nelson Mandela International Day was launched on 18 July in 2009.

As part of celebrating the former president’s life and legacy, the UN General Assembly decided to honour this day by ensuring that the world’s social injustices were addressed.

The day was inspired by a call by Mandela in 2008 for the next generation to tackle and address problems affecting disadvantaged individuals in society worldwide.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation even has a website called Mandela Day, where local and global citizens can log on to find out how they can make a positive contribution in just 67 minutes.

You can do your part by contributing your time, resources and/or money to support a cause.

You can either do this by visiting an old age home, feeding the homeless and donating blankets, donating secondhand clothes, visiting a charity or donating books and stationery to a disadvantaged school.

You can also spend your 67 minutes visiting an orphanage, or an animal shelter or cleaning up your community.

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