Foundation thanks the world for Mandela Day efforts

2014-07-19 16:15

The Nelson Mandela Foundation thanked the world for carrying out good deeds in memory of former president Nelson Mandela, whose birthday was celebrated.

“We have been heartened by the number of sustainable projects still thriving. At the same time, it has been inspiring to see the range of innovative new projects to emerge,” foundation spokesperson Danielle Melville said today.

“We welcome the degree to which structures of the state, of civil society and in the private sector are working together for the campaign.”

Melville said people in 126 countries participated in Mandela Day, and more 1 200 positive deeds had been registered on their website.

Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated on July 18, Mandela’s birthday, when people are encouraged to give 67 minutes of their time and of themselves to help the less fortunate.

Mandela spent 67 years of his life working for social justice. He died at his home in Houghton, Joburg, aged 95, on December 5. He was buried in his childhood village of Qunu on December 15.

Melville said, in SA, almost half a million food parcels had been distributed to needy people, and more than a million sanitary towels handed to schoolgirls.

Habitat for Humanity in SA built 67 houses in one week for the poor.

More than 15 000 books were also donated to school libraries.

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