South African embassy in Kuwait, in collaboration with the United Nations and the Al Kharafi Kids Activity Center, organized an event on 2 September, 2015 at the Al Kharafi Kids Activity Center under the theme: ‘Make every day a Mandela Day – Contributing 67 minutes of our time to help those in need’. Following the example of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah’s generous efforts as a Humanitarian Leader, the event highlighted the rights of disabled children within Kuwait, and the importance of giving back to the community.
In attendance were many noteworthy guests such as Mona Bourisly - Vice Chairperson of Sanad Kuwaiti Foundation for Disabled Children, Mzolisa Bona – South African Ambassador, Dr. Mubashar Riaz Sheikh - UN Resident Coordinator of UNDP Kuwait, and Fawzy T. Al Thunayan - General Manager/Board Affairs of Al Ahli-Bank of Kuwait.
In her address to the gathering Mona Bourisly — pointed out that Al-Kharafi Activity Kids Center was the first center of its kind in the Gulf region and the Middle-East, which gave disabled children the opportunity to learn through play within a fun and safe environment. Adhering to the sentiment of inclusion and support for disabled children, the Al-Kharafi Kids Center ensured the involvement of the children within the 67-minute program through theatrical performances, art stations, and other engaging outdoor activities. The program also featured an African folk performance and a handcrafts exhibition.
Ambassador Mzolisa Bona, who also spoke on the occasion, thanked everyone for making the event possible. In his remarks, the ambassador said that as the world marked two years since President Mandela’s death, “let us intensify our humanitarian actions in response to his clarion call when he said: ‘The world remains beset by so much human suffering, poverty and deprivation, it is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all.’ This may seem like an insurmountable task, but as President Nelson Mandela himself once said, ‘It looks impossible until it is done.’ And, indeed, it can be done.”
The ’67-Minutes of Giving’ charity endeavor was successful in its goal of bringing attention to the importance of supporting disabled children and being involved in community service, while recognizing the basic human rights of those without a voice.
The 67-minute campaign encouraged individuals, groups and corporates to pledge 67 minutes of their time to performing community work to emulate the selfless spirit of President Mandela.