The Man that Led by Example: Nelson Mandela
The 18th of July holds a special place in many people’s lives all over the world. It is the annual, international day that honours former President Nelson Mandela’s life. The day was made official by the United Nations in November 2009 and celebrated its first day in July 2010.
Nelson Mandela was a man that led by example. He believed in the people of his country to make the necessary changes towards a brighter future for South Africans. Everywhere he went, he tried to make a positive impact and improve the lives of the people who so adored him.
What is Nelson Mandela Day?
Nelson Mandela day is celebrated internationally. The day celebrates what we can do for others. Being a philanthropist himself, Mandela expected as much from his citizens as he did from himself. From literacy and food programmes to shelter and sanitation, the goal behind Nelson Mandela day is to help those in need. Joining the Mandela Day Network is the easiest way to get started.
According to the Mandela Day website, the Mandela Day Global Network is a community of organisations, government, corporates and individuals that partner with the Foundation to drive Mandela Day and pursue its objectives. It is a base for the strategic partnerships of organisations with common goals aimed at globally coordinating efforts, sharing information and linking the needs to resources.
How Can You Help?
There are so many ways to get involved on Nelson Mandela Day. By taking action against poverty we can change the world one day at a time. Doing something special for someone in your neighbourhood is equally as noble as getting involved in a big organisation’s plans. Essentially, we should try and make every day a Mandela Day. By becoming someone who makes every day a Mandela Day, you can show others that actions do speak louder than words.
Not sure where to start? Try some of these great ideas suggested by the Mandela Day website:
- Put together stationery packs (pens, stickers, coloured paper, scissors, etc.) for teachers at an under-resourced school.
- Make ‘care kits’ (including a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, facecloth, etc. ) for patients at a nearby government hospital.
- Take special treats for the children and carers at a children’s home.
- Set up a recycling system for your home.
- Baby-sit for a single parent.