Dear Colleagues and Friends of the Nelson Mandela Foundation
In 2009 the UN General Assembly declared Madiba’s birthday on 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day, a global call to action to change the world for the better through the kind of service and leadership championed by Mr Mandela during his 67 years of service.
What does this mean in practice for you and me?
By way of an example, in July a group of volunteers from the public sector, private sector and individual changemakers (including myself) will be engaged in the
Kilimanjaro Executive Challenge, a climb to the top of Africa’s highest mountain to raise funds and awareness for the Imbumba Foundation's Caring4Girls programme, which provides sanitary care for underprivileged girls across South Africa. I am also tackling this climb as a community project on behalf of the Archbishop Tutu Fellowship Programme run by the African Leadership Institute.
Preparing for this challenge, with the plan to summit on July 18, has given me ample time to think about the true meaning of public service.
It’s been tough to find the time to train for my personal Kilimanjaro challenge in the midst of all the daily demands of work. I have had to rely on the support of my colleagues, not to mention the support of the incredible Kilimanjaro climbing team who have been behind us every step of the way.
A number of South African celebrities and media
personalities have joined the Trek4Mandela initiative and are helping raise funds via public pledge lines. You can show your support by SMSing any of their names to 42513 and pledge R30. Click here
to find out more about direct deposits and sponsorship for the Imbumba Foundation.
But, really, when we consider the real challenges facing our country, then Kilimanjaro is a molehill rather than a mountain.
Madiba’s example as a servant is one that everyone can aspire to by committing to daily actions. Not every action for Nelson Mandela Day need be something grand or heroic. Indeed, we encourage everyone to get involved through whatever action lies closest to their heart. Mandela Day is not simply an act of charity, but a commitment to achieveing sustainable improvement in your
Visit the Mandela Day website at http://www.mandeladay.com/ and see how you can help make the world you live in a better place.