Mandela Day: Acts of Kindness 2023

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Nelson Mandela’s fight for justice began in 1942 and for 67 tireless years he continued to fight for social justice and human rights.

The Mandela Day: Acts of Kindness campaign is designed to enable you as an individual, or collectively as part of a group to celebrate diversity in the workplace or your community by giving your time to do an act of kindness for your colleagues, neighbours or friends to really embrace a celebration of diversity.  

The acts of kindness can of course take place at any time, but ideally we’d love to see them all take place on Mandela Week 17th – 23rd July – incorporating Mandela Day, Nelson Mandela’s birthday on the 18th July itself.

Our Roots and Wings participants taking part in #My67Minutes

Need some ideas?


Here are a few ideas to get you started.

“What good deed are you going to do today for someone that will make their life better?” – Dr Makaziwe Mandela.

Litter Picking – take part in – or help arrange – a litter pick for your local area or community group.

Photographs of Princes Park – take a new photograph of Princes Park – or search online for historical images – and share your photos online (don’t forget to tag Mandela8!)

Quote for Mandela – post a quote from Nelson Mandela on social media or another leader that has inspired you.

Chalk a Design or Quote – chalk colourful floral designs or patterns, or write an inspirational Mandela quote in a park or on a pavement in your community.

Plant for Mandela – whether it’s a new tree in your community, a plant in your garden, or some veg on your window sill.

Cake and Coffee Morning – arrange an event in your workplace or community to celebrate diversity through talking and learning about Nelson Mandela.

Raffles & Quizzes for Charity – arrange a raffle or quiz to raise funds for a charity of your choice.

Walk and Talk – plan a walk for staff, community members or with friends.

Poster Competition – design an inspirational poster in your local schools or youth groups.

Foodbank Donations – gift food items to your local foodbank.

Long Walk To Freedom‘ – purchase an adult or children’s version of Nelson Mandela’s book and gift it to a colleague, friend or neighbour.

Digital Aid – help an elderly friend or relative learn how to use emerging technology which could help them in their life. 

Lockdown Pen Pals – write a letter to someone who is living alone or in a care home.

Volunteer with the Friends of Princes Park or the Friends of Princes Avenue and find out how you can make a difference in your community.

Remember to take pictures or videos of all your activities and post them to social media to spread the word!

Please use our IDEAS BROCHURE below for inspiration and give consideration to whatever you do complying with social distancing guidelines and digital solutions.

Key dates to remember:

Mandela Week: 17th – 23rd July

Mandela Day: 18th July


Ideas Brochure – CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

Nelson Mandela School Presentations – UPDATE COMING SOON

Purchase ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ Book – Adults and Childrens versions via our friends at News From Nowhere.

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