Mandela Day takes place every year on the 18th July.
Nelson Mandela inspired the idea for Mandela Day at his 90th birthday celebrations in Hyde Park, London when he said: It is time for new hands to lift the burden. It is in your hands now”.
The idea of Mandela Day is that everyone has the ability to make an impact and do something in their own way to change the world and the world of those around them.
Our Mandela Day: Acts of Kindess campaign (formerly ‘My 67 Minutes’) encourages everyone to take time out of their day to do something for someone else or for their community.
We want to see thousands of individual acts of kindness all across the world, ideally on Tuesday 18th July or in the week leading up to Mandela Day itself.
More About Mandela Day
Mandela Day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, to acknowledge Mandela’s values and dedication to the service of humanity and struggle for international democracy and peace throughout the world.
The day remembers Mandela’s achievements in working towards conflict resolution, democracy, human rights, peace, and reconciliation.
Madiba as Nelson Mandela was fondly known was one of South Africa’s greatest heroes. Not only is he loved and respected as one of the greatest leaders in South Africa, he is also admired and respected around the world. Liverpool has its own special relationship and connection with Nelson Mandela. When Liverpool became aware of Apartheid and Nelson Mandela’s incarceration community activists, Unions and the City came together to support the Free Nelson Mandela Campaign and took a solid stance against Apartheid.
Liverpool is built on strong political and social values and has experienced oppression but not on the scale of South Africa. So when awareness of the brutality of Apartheid in South Africa became known in Liverpool the City united to support Mandela, the ANC and South African people. Nelson Mandela was gifted the Freedom of the City in 1994 and a Civic Reception held in his honour 20 years later in 2014.
Whilst in South Africa in 2018 Mandela8 heard about the My 67 Minutes programme and when back in Liverpool, decided to pilot it with Liverpool schools and Youth Groups. And so Mandela8’s My 67 Minutes was born. In 2023 the campaign has rebranded as Mandela Day: Acts of Kindness.
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