67 Minutes for Mandela

2016-07-13 06:00

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MANDELA Day is celebrated on Monday 18 July - Nelson Mandela's birthday - and it was during his 90th birthday celebrations in London's Hyde Park that he said he would be honoured if such a day could serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty as well as promote peace and reconciliation.

The United Nations officially declared 18 July Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising Mandela's "values and his dedication to the service of humanity" and acknowledging his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.

The international appeal is for people throughout the world to celebrate this day by carrying out actions based on the idea that every person has the power to change the world for the better.
Mandela spent 67 years making the world a better place - people of the world are asked for 67 minutes on that day.

Mandela's 67 years of service to humankind began in 1942 when he started to campaign for the human rights of every South African.

Well-known journalist Ferial Haffajee wrote in June 2013: "As we begin the long clamber up his shoulders to work out how we complete the long walk to freedom, Mandela has shown us how. It is ours to do, to serve, to give and to complete the work of freedom."

Some words of wisdom from Madiba:

“It always seems impossible until its done.”

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”

“Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.”

“People respond in accordance to how you relate to them. If you approach them on the basis of violence, that's how they'll react. But if you say, 'We want peace, we want stability,' we can then do a lot of things that will contribute towards the progress of our society.”

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