Jamaicans are being encouraged to join in the global call for humanitarian action by spending 67 minutes of their time serving others, specifically children, come Thursday, July 18 – Nelson Mandela International Day.
The former President of South Africa gave 67 years of his life to fighting for the rights of humanity, and the day is dedicated to his life and work and that of his charitable organizations, and to ensure that his legacy continues.
Being celebrated under the theme: ‘Take Action, Inspire Change, and make every day a Mandela Day’, the event is also a global call to action for people to recognise their ability to have a positive effect on others around them, whether through supporting a charity or serving their local community.
South Africa’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Mathu Joyini, tells JIS News that Nelson Mandela International Day, which was adopted by the United Nations in 2009 and formally launched in 2011, is celebrated across the world on the birthday of the freedom fighter.
“So on that day, people across the globe are asked to do something good for the other…People are being asked to spend only 67 minutes of their time on the 18th of July to find something that they can do which is of benefit or is of service to the other. All of us can surely find 67 minutes to do something good for the other,