July 18th is not only Nelson Mandela’s birthday, it’s also Nelson Mandela International Day.
The UN General Assembly instituted the day of recognition in November, 2009. The former (and first democratically elected) South African President is known for his dedication to the service of humanity in general. He worked in conflict resolution, race relations, human rights protection, gender equality, and the rights of children.
His work as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner, an international peacemaker, and as president yielded a total of 67 years of service which is why the Nelson Mandela Foundation is asking that people everywhere commit to spend 67 minutes helping others in honor of Nelson Mandela International Day.
Years past have inspired many to use their 67 minutes in creative ways. Preparing meals for those in need, sending school supplies to children who need them, and even rebuilding homes destroyed by hurricane Sandy are all actions people have taken to honor Nelson Mandela.
Whether you take some time to visit the elderly, help someone get a job, or donate blankets to your local community shelter, when you spend your 67 minutes in the service of others on July 18th you’ll be honoring the work and life of Nelson Mandela.
Take Action Challenge
How will you answer the call from the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of your time in the service of others? Please let us know on our facebook page. For more ideas on how to take action and inspire change read this list from un.org.
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