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Mandela Day 2013

“It is in your hands to make a difference.” Nelson Mandela

On 18 July 2013 we celebrated the fourth International Nelson Mandela Day. All over the world, people honoured Nelson Mandela's legacy by committing their time to serving others. We featured some of the activities, ideas and comments on this live blog throughout the day.


Nelson Mandela: "The time is always ripe to do right"

Nelson Mandela


Reading to children and donating books


25 days = 25 ways to make a difference

UN Volunteers have just launched UNV Connect, a campaign to promote volunteerism worldwide. Running from today until International Youth Day on 12 August, the theme is '25 days = 25 ways to make a difference'.

Visit the UN Volunteers website for more info about the campaign and some of the volunteering opportunities available. Share what you are doing on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram using #UNVyouth.

UN Volunteers campaign


Gro Harlem Brundtland: "We all can make a difference"

Gro Harlem Brundtland


Preparing food for children


Give 67 minutes to change the world on Mandela Day

Did you miss last year’s Elders video celebrating Mandela Day?

In July 2012, inspired by Nelson Mandela Day, three Elders visited grassroots organisations in London and hosted an event encouraging people to volunteer for their community. Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson spoke with young people from urban youth charity XLP and Jimmy Carter met a group of young adults being helped by Spear, a free course which helps young people kick-start their career.

What will you do on Nelson Mandela Day?


Why every day should be a Mandela Day

The Girl Effect writes that it falls on us, the next generation, to continue Nelson Mandela’s legacy and commitment to promoting equality and rights for all of humanity. “Mandela saw that for the world to blossom, girls must be empowered to blossom too.”


Encouraging children to read and write


Spending 67 minutes with autistic children


Ela Bhatt: "Try to change the community for the better"

Ela Bhatt on Mandela Day 2013


Desmond Tutu: "We are made for one another"

Desmond Tutu on Mandela Day 2013


67 minutes coding for charity


Read Richard Branson's Mandela Day blog

Richard Branson is spending 67 minutes mentoring a group of young entrepreneurs on Mandela Day. Read his blog to find out more – and if you can't give 67 minutes of your time, you can give a donation to the Nelson Mandela Foundation via this Virgin Money Giving page.

Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel with members of The Elders and their founder, Nelson Mandela

Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel with members of The Elders and the group's founder,
Nelson Mandela.


Planting seedlings in South Africa


Morgan Freeman's Mandela Day pledge

For Mandela Day 2013, Morgan Freeman pledges to deliver books to a Mississippi school. 

Join him in pledging your time for good causes at!

Morgan Freeman's Mandela Day pledge


Bikers for Mandela Day drive awareness of gender-based violence


Mary Robinson: "Every one of us can do 67 minutes"

Mary Robinson on Mandela Day 2013


Mandela: "Overcoming poverty is an act of justice"


VIDEO: Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama support Mandela Day

Desmond Tutu, alongside the Dalai Lama, Richard Branson and Bill Clinton, urges everyone "to do something worthy for someone else on Mandela Day."

VIDEO: Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama support Mandela Day


67 ways to change the world

If you want to celebrate Mandela Day but are stuck for ideas, take a look at this list: 67 concrete ideas for how you can make a difference.


Jimmy Carter: "What are you going to do on Mandela Day?"

Jimmy Carter quote for Mandela Day 2013


Welcome to the Mandela Day 2013 live blog

“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.” Nelson Mandela

Tomorrow is Mandela Day, a day to help build a better world by giving back to our local communities.

Nelson Mandela devoted 67 years of his life to combating injustice and fighting for human rights. In 2009 the United Nations honoured his legacy by officially making his birthday ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’. Every year on 18 July, people around the world mark the day by dedicating 67 minutes of time to volunteering and helping others.

The Elders celebrate Mandela Day each year and encourage others to do the same. “We want to inspire the conviction that we all can make a difference,” says Gro Harlem Brundtland. “We can all take steps towards a better future.”

Last year, a group of Elders celebrated Mandela Day in London by visiting two local charities providing young people with support and training. Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson also co-hosted an event with grassroots organisations, encouraging people to pledge their time to a charitable cause.

Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson visit XLP in London for Mandela Day 2012

What will you be doing to mark this year’s Mandela Day?

Tell us what you have planned using #MandelaDay on Twitter and Facebook, and follow this live blog to stay updated about what is happening throughout the day.

On the Web
Doing free Blood pressure monitoring @ Medi+Rite pharmacy in Bethelsdorp as part of our #MandelaDay commemoration <3
Join @VirginUnite in celebrating the life of @NelsonMandela. This #MandelaDay pledge 67 mins of your time or donate…
RT @UN: We want to see your photos & videos of your #MandelaDay activities. Post them using #67minutes:…
RT @ScottishTUC: Trade Unions across Scotland are supporting Mandela Day tomorrow… #stuc #mandeladay
Be a Proud Advocate of #MandelaDay, share what you will be doing with your #67Minutes in service to humanity…
We are on our way to Christian Davids Primary school, dedicating our #67minutes to cultivating a sustainable vegetable garden. #MandelaDay
I'm planting trees with @greenpopsa this afternoon, it's going to be rad! What are you up to? #MandelaDay
"It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it. #MandelaDay will not be a holiday but a day devoted to service" Madiba
My girls are giving me their old books and clothes to give away tomorrow at #Masizakhe children's shelter #Plett #67Minutes #MandelaDay
Humble contributions NLs Embassy to Mandela Day: packing food for Stop Hunger Now and donating blankets to "Warm the World. #MandelaDay
Getting up super early tomorrow and making at least 67 sandwiches :) #MandelaDay
"History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children" #NelsonMandela #MandelaDay #67Minutes
“Donate blankets for our blanket drive! Blankets can be placed at the giving box oppo Gateway InfoDesk@NelsonMandela #MandelaDay #67Minutes
RT @UN: NYC-based @UN staff are on Long Island today doing #67minutes (& more) of "Storm Sandy" relief work. #MandelaDay…
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