“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” – Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly.
It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”.
It is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.
What Can I Do?
As the world reflects on Nelson Mandela’s legacy, we give thanks for his life, his leadership, his devotion to humanity and humanitarian causes. We salute and thank him for his sacrifices for our freedom and our future.
Nelson Mandela saw himself first and foremost as a servant of South Africa’s people to whom he owed a duty and whom he led by example.
The genesis of our mandate as the Nelson Mandela Foundation and our work stems from Mandela’s passing on of the torch of public service to everyone, saying: “It’s in your hands to make a difference.”
Positive change for the better was the gift left to all of us by Nelson Mandela – it’s a living legacy and now it’s your turn.
In the spirit of Madiba and his vision to spread social justice and freedom for all, this is your chance to become a part of a continuous global movement for good.
Let us all emulate the servant leader we loved by all becoming servant leaders ourselves – Madiba changemakers.
By becoming a Mandela Day changemaker and doing something that affects positive change every day, you can show that actions speak louder than words.
By giving a little of your time to make a change that’s close to your heart or by giving a little of your time to make a difference to the life of someone else, you can start changing the world around you.
There are so many ways to make a difference (like these inspirational actions).
Start with what you are passionate about and where you know your actions will have a lasting impact.