No one likes to forget birthdays, especially of people who mean a lot to us. So I’m here to give you a friendly reminder that it’s Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday this Wednesday. It also marks Mandela Day, a call for people everywhere to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time.
If you didn’t have a gift in mind, don’t fret — the Nelson Mandela Foundation has come up with a simple, brilliant way for advocates like you to celebrate Madiba during his special day: Pledge 67 minutes of your time to doing something good, in honor of Mandela’s 67 years of public service.
If you need ideas on what to do with your 67 minutes, the Mandela Day website has some great ideas. Educate your family on HIV/AIDS (love this one — ONE and (RED)’s 2015(QUILT) is a nice place to start). Help a friend revamp their resume (particularly useful in this economic climate). Get in touch with global health organizations and see how you can help (like Rotary International and the Red Cross).
Once you’ve done your action, double the impact and share the pledge on social media. Who knows — you may inspire a few friends and family to join the movement.
Leave a comment on this post and let us know what action you plan on doing for Mandela Day. And don’t forget to keep an eye on ONE’s Facebook page, Twitter feed and blog this week for more ways you can celebrate Madiba’s birthday.
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