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Nelson Mandela Day?

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It was launched on his birthday, 18 July, in 2009 via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly.

It is in your hands to make of the world a better place,” he said a year earlier, calling on the younger generation to take up this task.

Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place. Each year on 18 July we look back on what has been done, and forward to what will be done.

The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere.

Each of us can make a small difference. If we all make a difference together, our collective effort can truly change the world.

Mandela Day is NOT a holiday. It is a day for all of us to opt into humanity – to roll up our sleeves and play an active role in building our communities. This is an opportunity for each of us to share Nelson Mandela’s vision of a better future for all.

By raising awareness you are doing something that affects positive change every day, you can show that actions speak louder than words. People out there die everyday because of hunger, let’s stop this together. Stand up and leave no one behind, because everyone deserves a chance for a better life. Be part of the generation that stood up for the world! 

TAKE ACTION. INSPIRE CHANGE. MAKE EVERY DAY A MANDELA DAY.

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