As we enter the month of July, Nelson Mandela’s birth month and the month that brings us Mandela Day, each one of us will begin to reflect on how we are going to do our little bit in service of others.
Giving students at disadvantaged schools access to books is the focus of the Pick n Pay Mandela Day book drive, which was launched on Thursday 28 June at the Pick n Pay head office in Kensington, Johannesburg.
Pick n Pay and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory have joined arms to help South Africans answer Nelson Mandela’s call to ‘Take Action and Inspire Change’.
From July 1 to 17, Pick n Pay Hypermarkets and stores will have collection points for the public to drop off books for the Mandela Day book drive. The books will be handed over to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory on 18 July, Mandela Day.
On 18 July individuals and organisations around the world will spend at least 67 minutes doing good work in their own communities in honour of the 67 years Nelson Mandela gave in service and sacrifice.
Mandela Day is about inspiration. Individuals are inspired to take action, communities join together to empower themselves and those they live with, and people around the world spread the word and the philosophy: “Take action, inspire change, make every day a Mandela Day.”
Mandela Day celebrations are set to kick off in Iceland this weekend when Bryan Ferry, the lead singer of Roxy Music who launched a solo career in the early ‘70s, performs at the all-new concert hall in Reykjavík, Harpa.
South African musicians, television and radio personalities, representatives from government, dignitaries, leaders in big business and members of the media gathered today at Uncle Tom’s Centre at the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando, Soweto, to commemorate the official launch of Nelson Mandela International Day 2012.
Kicking off Nelson Mandela International Day 2012, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is going back to where it all began, in Soweto, by inspiring the youth through education.
For two years now, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has been meeting with a group of companies, namely Companies for Mandela Day, to discuss Nelson Mandela Day activities that can be incorporated into their employee volunteering programmes.
Nelson Mandela International Day 2012 kicked off with a bang as a number of South Africa’s big-name celebrities joined the drive to do good and transform South Africa and the rest of the world into a better place for all.