Today we celebrate the legacy of one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, Nelson Mandela.
Since 2010, we’ve celebrated Nelson Mandela Day in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.
It’s an occasion for all of South Africa to join together in hope and take action to assist others in the spirit of Ubuntu.
Why 67 minutes?
Mandela Day is held annually on July 18, the day Nelson Mandela was born.
2019 marks 10 years since Mandela International Day was launched in 2009 at the 2009 UN General Assembly.
But why 67 minutes?
The 67 minutes represent one minute counted for every year that Mandela spent making South Africa a better place from 1942 to 2009. A total of 67 years.
How can you help?
Each year most non profit organisations and caring corporates collaborate to arrange an event that will allow people to donate 67 minutes of their time in the service of others.
Jenny Morris and Cape quarter
Last year, we joined Jenny Morris, celebrity chef and broadcast personality, at the Cape Quarter to cut vegetables at a soup kitchen that would become soup to feed the cold and hungry.
This year we returned, joining hundreds of caring South Africans both young and old to celebrate Mandela Day.
I was proud to take Ronan with me this year and met up with my husband and his boss.
The public are asked to donate fresh vegetables, cans of food and their time so in order to make hundreds of litres of soup.
For us, the day has a determined happiness and air of sharing. If only for 67 minutes, people remember to smile and unite for a greater purpose.
Along with a giant loaf of bread delicious muffins were baked and sold for R20. The sale of each muffin gives two people a safe warm shelter for a night.
A worthy inicitive that we look forward to assisting again next year.