get involved / Mandela Day
On Mandela's birthday, 18 July - unanimously adopted as Nelson Mandela International Day by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009 - people around the world are challenged to spend at least 67 minutes doing good work in their communities in honour of the 67 years that Mandela gave in service and sacrifice.
Nelson Mandela International Day was inspired by a speech Mandela gave at Hyde Park in London in June 2008 when he said "Where there is poverty and sickness, where human beings are being oppressed, there is more work to be done. Our work is for freedom for all. After 90 years of life, it is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now".
What can you do for Mandela Day? The power of the individual is huge and by donating a small amount of your time you can have a huge effect on the world. Whether it is volunteering with a charity, or helping in your local community, Mandela Day is about getting out there and taking the steps to have a positive impact in the world we live in!
For more ideas about how to take part in Mandela Day 2015, download our ideas pack. Then pledge your 67 minutes by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0203 077 1231.