Manila - The South African Embassy in Manila, partnered with the GMA Kapuso Foundation and the community of Mabitac, Laguna on Saturday, 16 July 2011 to honour Nelson Mandela International Day. Hundreds of locals participated in a half-day programme with a performance and games lead by Bea Binene, storytelling by Alitaptap, face-painting and a nutrition jingle competition. The event concluded with food packs distributed to 300 kids ranging from 3 – 7 years, kicking off a 120 day programme in the area.
Tottenham Hotspur FC are giving their backing to the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety in a ‘Mandela Day’ initiative on 18 July 2011.
Spurs players are joining relatives of Zenani Mandela and her classmates, to raise awareness for road safety on Mandela Day – honouring Nelson Mandela’s birthday.
Every year there is a significant demand for clothing items (particularly t-shirts and caps) that allow people to demonstrate their support for and participation in Mandela Day initiatives. The Nelson Mandela Foundation lacks the resources to provide for free, and to deliver such items, to stakeholders around the country. The Foundation has therefore made an arrangement with a reputable supplier from whom Mandela Day apparel can be ordered directly.
Today marks the launch of the 2011 Nelson Mandela International Day at the Foundation’s offices in Houghton, Johannesburg. Mandela Day was inaugurated in 2009 on Nelson Mandela’s birthday – 18 July.
It is a call to action for people everywhere to take responsibility for making the world a better place, one small step at a time, just as Nelson Mandela did.
In November 2009 the United Nations declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day and last year it was marked with acts of goodwill in communities throughout the world.