Mandela Day Celebrated

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Clintin Brummer

Every year on the 18th of July we celebrate Nelson Mandela Day. But we are not the only ones, yes, Nelson Mandela Day is an internationally celebrated worldwide holiday. This tradition started in November of 2009, when the United Nations acknowledged the exceptional work done by Nelson Mandela.

This campaign has a phrase: “The Mandela Day Campaign message is: Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes. We would be honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace, reconciliation and cultural diversity.”

Upon opening of the official Nelson Mandela Day website, you will be greeted with a quote from Nelson Mandela. “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.

Even former President Barak Obama came to South Africa in honour of Nelson Mandela`s legacy. On the 17th of June, he gave a speech in Johannesburg, South Africa. “The July 17 speech, which was announced on Monday, will be paired with a five-day gathering of young African leaders that will include workshops and training, as well as meeting with Obama. The Obama Foundation said it had received 10,000 applications for the 200 available slots in the program.”{Source CNN/Mandeladay.com}.

Each year one can see more and more following in the name of Nelson Mandela, the legacy he built stood before the birth of so many and yet in its quake, his name echoes in the centuries. As we celebrate a man who brought peace in a dying nation, the world watches in awe, as through war, drought, this country stands. And will forever, so as we look to the future keep in mind one person can change the world. It does not take an army or force but compassion, being able to light the fires that burn in the hearts of us all.

The will of a single man reaches billions, and that ensures that his vision for South Africa will never fade.

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