The name Nelson Mandela is synonymous with iconic heroic status in the world. Madiba, as he is affectionately known throughout the world, is an anti-apartheid activist who was imprisoned for 27 years on charges of sabotage in 1962. He was later released from prison in 1990 and became the first democratically elected South African president in 1994.
Madiba shows us that standing for what one truly believes in is worth it, no matter what the cost. As he rightly said:
I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.’
Today is Nelson Mandela international day. The United Nations declared this day to celebrate Mr Mandela’s birthday each year to acknowledge and show appreciation for his life’s work and that of his charitable organisations, and to ensure his legacy continues forever.
Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. So today everyone is asked to gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting your chosen charity or serving your local community or any act of kindness. Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals – for people everywhere – to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mandela did.
So as we say happy birthday Tata Mandela, what will you do with your 67 minutes today?