For his birthday last year, we sent Mr. Mandela a card with more than 27,000 photos of ONE members from all across the world. But this year, we’re asking you to celebrate the birth of Madiba — as he is affectionately called — with activities to help raise awareness for charity.
In honor of the 67 years that Nelson Mandela donated to public service, the UN and partners are encouraging people to spend 67 minutes of their time to community service. The official Nelson Mandela International Day website has a list of 67 things you can do to help carry on the legacy of Mr. Mandela. Our favorites? Treasure the elderly. Get to know someone from a different ethnic background. Organize a friendly game of soccer with people in your neighborhood.
The ANC Youth League in South Africa is encouraging young people all over the world to change their profile pictures on their Facebook, Twitter, MXit and other social sites to Nelson Mandela’s photo. We’ve already changed our Facebook photo to a great one of Madiba from 2009. Feel free to download the photo and make it your avatar.
Many public officials have already greeted Mr. Mandela a happy birthday. Earlier today, President Obama said, “Mandela’s legacy exemplifies wisdom, strength and grace, and on the anniversary of his birth we salute the example of his life.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “Together, the best way we can thank Nelson Mandela for his work is by taking action for others and inspiring change.”
Now it’s your turn — please wish Nelson Mandela a very happy 93rd birthday in the comments below. And in true Madiba fashion, please give a moment of your day to someone in need.