The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Kuwait, in collaboration with the United Nations Country Team in Kuwait and the Al Kharafi Kids Activity Centre, will celebrate the legacy of the former South African President, Nelson Mandela, at an event on 2 September, 2015 at the Al Kharafi Kids Activity Centre under the theme: “Make everyday a Mandela Day – Contributing 67 minutes of our time to help those in need”. The event aims at celebrating Mandela’s life and legacy, honour his life’s work as well as inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better.
Nelson Mandela’s birthday, 18 July, was declared in 2009 by the United Nations as the Nelson Mandela International Day, in recognition of his impressive work throughout the years he spent fighting for peace, freedom, democracy and human rights. He spent 27 years in prison and dedicated 67 years of his life to service to humanity. The 67 minutes represents the number of years Mandela fought to end apartheid in South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Day represents an occasion to remember his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.
The 67 minute campaign encourages individuals, groups and corporates to pledge 67 minutes of their time and everyday thereafter, to performing community work in emulation of the selfless spirit of President Mandela. The day is observed to honour his legacy and values through volunteering and community service. He said at the time of the launch of the 67 minutes initiative of voluntary service that he would be honoured if this day can serve to bring people together around the world to fight poverty and promote peace and reconciliation.
To ensure that our actions have lasting benefits, they should always strive to leave behind not only physical changes, but also a sense of empowerment among individuals and disadvantaged communities, so that they can take charge of their destinies and change their circumstances.
As a leader, Nelson Mandela demonstrated greatness through his service to others and commitment to advancing the cause of justice. He has been an inspiration to the world. He left us with three basic principles that could help guide us in the process of discovering the humanness (Ubuntu) within: free yourself, free others and serve every day. The lesson from Mandela’s life is that regardless of the challenges that lie in our way, each of us can strive to improve the conditions of our fellow men and women for the common good.