Mock prison cell, firewalking and record attempts for Madiba Day

2015-07-15 06:00
Neil Barker will spend 67 hours in this cage as part of Mandela Day.

Neil Barker will spend 67 hours in this cage as part of Mandela Day. (THEO JEPTHA)

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A WEEKEND of festivities, which will include the erection of a mock prison cell and firewalking, as well as several record-breaking attempts, will take place at the Boardwalk this weekend for Madiba Day.

The activities are set to commence today (Wednesday, July 15) carrying through to Saturday, July 18.

Local entrepreneur and Rotarian Neil Barker, who was a Top 15 finalist for Die Burger Boardwalk Mr Port Elizabeth in 2013, will enter a mock prison cell today where he will remain for a total of 67 hours to raise awareness of Mandela’s plight of 27 years’ imprisonment, and the 67 years, he so selflessly dedicated to campaigning for human rights.

The public are encouraged to join Barker in the prison cell for short periods over the three days. Funds raised from this initiative will be used for various animal shelters around the city.

On Friday, the Mandela Day festivities hopes to raise six tons worth of school equipment, over a 24 hour period which will be presented to 15 underprivileged Nelson Mandela Bay schools.

The public are encouraged to drop off any donations throughout the day. Should this feat be achieved, this will break the current world record. The current largest donation of school supplies in 24 hours is 4,571 kg and was achieved by Alanoud Alzaid and Nama Charity in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, on 5 March 2015.

The next record attempt is to get the largest number of people to do a Fire Walk Challenge. Firewalking is the act of walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers or stones.

Tickets for the walk can be bought on the day at R100 per person with proceeds going to Reach for a Dream. This will take place on Saturday.

Another record attempt to take place on this day, is the largest number of people wearing the famous Madiba shirt, whilst doing his famous shuffle dance. Every participant of any of the above-mentioned activities, will also receive a City of Champions medallion, as a keep-sake for their involvement.

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