“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” – Nelson Mandela
Since November 2009, the UN General Assembly officially declared July 18th (birth date of Nelson Mandela) as Nelson Mandela International Day.
On this day, the UN joins forces with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and asks us to consider dedicating 67 minutes of time to help others.
It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”.
It is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.
Mandela spent 67 years of his life devoting his time to the service of humanity (i.e. his dedication to improving race relations).
Find out what others are doing to commemorate Mandela Day by using the hashtag #Time2Serve on social media.