MANDELA Day was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said: “It is in your hands now.” The message behind Mandela Day is simple – each individual has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better.
Nelson Mandela followed three rules throughout his life, which he did at great personal sacrifice: Free yourself, free others and serve every day. Madiba was the quintessential public servant and a hard act to follow.
Mandela Day is a global call to action for citizens of the world to take up the challenge and follow in the formidable footsteps of Madiba, a man who transformed his life, served his country and freed his people. The objective is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better and in so doing, to build a global movement for good.
This year we hosted our Mandela Day on 15 July 2016. We focused on making this a special day for the elderly and children of our community. As our many volunteers arrived there was a sense of excitement and commitment towards the tasks that lay ahead. No time was wasted as the volunteers got stuck in and started dishing up and serving a hot meal out to the elderly that congregated in the community hall of our Education Centre at Oliver’s Village. The beneficiaries broke out in song as their meals were being served to them creating an environment of thanks and appreciation. Before long the beneficiaries were enjoying a good meal and the volunteers were herded towards the anticipating, energetic young minds that had been waiting to partake in their own Mandela Day celebrations.
The volunteers joined in the fun with enthusiasm as the children lead from the front to show them all what a good time is, its amazing to see how children can bring out the inner child in all of us. The volunteers then handed out lunch to the little ones and it was back to the elderly to hand over food parcels and blankets. In a world where alot of us take so much for granted, take so much as a given, it’s humbling when so little can mean so much to others.
It’s clear that there is so much more to be done, can be done and will be done! Madiba’s challenge was set, and met! We thank all our sponsors for making Mandela Day 2016 a huge success. We also thank our many sponsors who donated 67 minutes of their time to share this day with our beneficiaries. Oliver’s House will continue the long walk, we will continue to be inspired and answer our call to action, to uplift and serve those less fortunate.