Mandela Day

Annual Festivals / Charity Events in South Africa (Nationwide)

Nationwide EventsMandela Day

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Where? South Africa

When? 18 July 2017

Every year on Nelson Mandela’s birthday, the 18th July, South Africans are called to contribute 67 minutes of community service. The campaign is designed to honour Madiba’s legacy of devotion and service to others by showing our commitment to making the world a better place as we harness collective energy to build our communities. It’s a heartfelt call to action to take the first small steps to follow in his footsteps.

“It’s in your hands to make the world a better place.”

This is what Nelson Mandela said during his 90th birthday celebrations when he was appealing to all citizens to rise up and do something. This was his time to hand over the baton of community service to the beneficiaries of his legacy.

Public service organisation, GreaterGood SA, connects givers with good causes and activates the public to give time, skills, goods and cash – advocating for citizens to get involved in the development of their country. This day is now recognised by the United Nations as an international day of humanitarian action.

“We do however believe that we have reached a tipping point for volunteer action in South Africa, which is being driven by the renewed sense of national pride created by the World Cup and a growing interest in community service around campaigns like Mandela Day.” CEO of the group, Dean Hand.

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