Nelson Mandela – affectionately known to his South African Rainbow Nation as Madiba – was an anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. 🌈He was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
Mandela Day is celebrated on 18 July, his birthday, every year.
The Mandela Day campaign is a celebration of our collective power to create a global movement for good and make a positive impact on the world.
We celebrate this day – which I consider the most beautiful day of the year – by spending 67 minutes giving back, taking positive action, taking part in an act of kindness.
The reason: one minute is counted for every year Mandela served the country.
He spent 67 years making the world a better place, and one minute for each year needs to be spent doing something good.
I believe strongly in this day. I don’t believe it is one day to do something nice and then forget about it for another 364 days.
I believe it is a day to REMIND US how easy it is to do good. How little time it takes – To give. To spread love. To foster our generosity of spirit. Everyday.
With the most important message being:
Make everyday a Mandela day.
This day is a REBOOT – to be reminded, re-inspired to take action however you can, or to keep you motivated to continue taking action in your own special way.
I celebrate Mandela Day every year with friends, with the students I teach English to and through the community upliftment project I’m a part of.
For the last few years at Obs Pasta Kitchen (a weekly delicious pasta dinner in a safe, supportive space) – we’ve done blankets, as well as toiletries packs with students and volunteers feeling energised and inspired to get involved and lend a helping hand.
In 2018, my international group of students and I spent 67 minutes out of the classroom with a soup kitchen called Ladles of Love, making 670 sandwiches for those in need:
A few years back, my beginner students from Gabon, Angola, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Brazil – who could hardly speak any English – understood the message and went around giving out roses and fruit with a smile:
The Mandela Day spirit is infectious. Over the years, my classes have put a lot of heart into their spontaneous 67 minutes to make people smile.
I’ll never forget this special aha-moment, clearly expressed:
“Miss Dani I make someone happy and I feel MORE happy!”
So, will YOU celebrate with me this year?
Can you think of something you can do with your friends or family? your kids? on your own?
Last year, friends & I wrote 67 special messages on hearts and handed them out with a smile to 67 people along the beachfront. The surprised smiles and reactions were priceless. 67 hearts unexpectedly warmed!✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
This year Mandela Day couldn’t have arrived at a more appropriate time!
🇿🇦 Let’s live the legacy of the late and great Madiba 💛
We all need to be reminded that we have the power in each of us. Especially at times like these.
Mandela Day magic is a real thing✨ wherever you are in the world
LET’S SPREAD IT !!!