On Saturday 18 July, search to celebrate Mandela Day, Heartlines and the IMC will be throwing a birthday party for orphans and vulnerable children of the Hillbrow community.
The party will be held at The Wilds Park (about 5kms from Hillbrow central). We are expecting to host about 100 kids, and will provide activities such as face painting, jumping castles, games and snacks/cookies.
The Heartlines and IMC staff will assist in organising the children for games and face painting as well as general supervision at the park. The children will blow out ninety one candles on a cake to mark Mandela’s Birthday.
Heartlines is also encouraging the 22 000 members of the forgood movement to join in the Mandela Day action. Forgood is a social movement that uses cell phone text messages and the internet to inspire, guide and connect people to take action to make South Africa better.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation and 46664, the campaign vehicle of the Mandela organizations, are calling for Mandela Day on 18 July, to be recognized as an annual international ‘day of humanitarian action’ in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy.
Mandela Day is designed to harness the hope and inspiration that Mr Mandela has brought to the world by galvanizing a global movement for good. This day will be characterized by local people taking charge of their own destinies and at the same time, they will be honouring Nelson Mandela by doing good for others. It is hoped that Mandela Day will be a catalyst for individuals and communities to emphasize the values of ‘social cohesion’ such as inclusivity and respect. Whatever activity is planned should promote dialogue and a sense of community.
Mandela Day is not a holiday but is intended to become an annual celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and a global call to action for people to recognize that everyone has the power to change the world around them. The ultimate aim is the creation of a continuous movement for good.
Nelson Mandela has given 67 years of his life in service. On Mandela Day we ask individuals to give at least 67 minutes of their time in service to their communities in whichever way they choose. Although the 67 minutes call is symbolic, we urge people to become involved in good works on an ongoing basis, thereby helping to create a movement for good.
A global movement for positive change begins with small actions. Each person who responds to this call, should decide for themselves what they would like to do, and then do it as a tribute to Nelson Mandela. As he has reminded us, “it’s in our hands” to create a better world and we take inspiration from his example to take responsibility for ourselves and to understand our responsibility for others.
The Mandela Day campaign welcomes the involvement of individuals, organizations, companies and NGOs and encourages them to do something good to improve their communities.
We invite you to tell us what you plan to do for Mandela Day (or what you have done) by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.