WHAT IS 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
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.
Making every day a Mandela Day celebrates Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.
This year as we celebrate 100 years since Nelson Mandela’s birth, we ask you to join us in our 100 Days Count Down to Mandela Day #100to100.
WHAT CAN I DO?
No matter how small your action, Mandela Day is about changing the world for the better, just as Nelson Mandela did every day.
What are you doing to make the world a better place?
What are you doing to make every day a Mandela Day by taking action against poverty?
As the world reflects on Nelson Mandela’s legacy, we give thanks for his life, his leadership and his devotion to humanity and to humanitarian causes.
Nelson Mandela saw himself first and foremost as a servant of South Africa’s people, to whom he felt he owed a duty, and who he led by example.
The genesis of our mandate as the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and our work, stems from Mandela’s passing on the torch of public service to everyone. “It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all,” he said.
Positive change was the gift left to all of us by Nelson Mandela, but it can only become a living legacy if we take up his challenge.
In the spirit of Madiba and his vision to spread social justice and freedom for all, this is your chance to become part of a continuous global movement for good.
Let us all emulate the servant leader we loved by becoming servant leaders ourselves – Madiba change-makers.
By becoming someone who makes every day a Mandela Day by taking action against poverty, you can show others that actions speak louder than words.
JOIN THE MANDELA DAY COMMUNITY
“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” – Nelson Mandela
By giving a little of your time each day to making a change that’s close to your heart or by giving a little of your time to make a difference to the life of someone else, you can start changing the world around you.
There are so many ways to make a difference.
Start with what you are passionate about and where you know your actions will have a lasting impact.
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SPREAD THE WORD
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.
You can add to the momentum of the initiative by telling as many people as possible about it.
Use your own network of family, friends, media connections, corporates and organisations to get involved and make a difference. Share your actions on social media, especially on Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July.
Do you know somebody who serves every day?
Can you think of someone, or a group or organisation that has made a positive change in your community?
Share their good deeds via social media, using the hashtag #ActionAgainstPoverty.
Nelson Mandela followed three rules throughout his life, which he did at great personal sacrifice:
SERVE EVERY DAY
The message behind Mandela Day is simple – everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better.
If each one of us heeds the call to simply do something good every day, we can live Nelson Mandela’s legacy and help build the country of our dreams.
The baton of leadership has been handed over to us. It is in our hands now to make a positive difference.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation has decided to dedicate 2018 to honouring a great statesman and making every day a Mandela Day by encouraging everyone to take action against poverty in a way that will bring about sustainable change.