Imagine a South Africa where everyone joined forces to work together towards a vibrant, integrated country? “If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness” (Nelson Mandela).
Thanks to Nelson Mandela we have a chance to pioneer, to take our place on the high ground of doing good and showing the world how we might spread our positive influence and energy, not only to those who need it most but indeed, to each other.
Mandela International Day 2013 takes place on Madiba’s birthday on 18th July. This is the day upon which we’re all called to do something good, give of our energy, time or money to contribute to a better life for all. When Madiba made his last international speech at the 46664 concert for his 90th birthday in Hyde Park, he told us: “It’s in your hands to make the world a better place.” On July 18th – and beyond – we are expected to deliver our side of the bargain.
Thanks also to the marvels of modern communications and social media, Mandela Day 2013 is a chance for us to do something in concert and to share our experiences. Madiba magic is something we collectively manifest at those special moments when it feels like we’re all doing something special, together.
Let’s make some “Madiba Magic” happen! Whatever your age, race, gender or colour…wherever you are…whether you’re at home or at work, at school, college, university, shopping, or even in the car or taxi, make sure you’re listening to Gareth Cliff on 5FM or following on Twitter and Facebook while we join hands across South Africa on Mandela Day, Thursday 18th July at 8.45 am for 67 seconds. The Grammy-award winning Soweto Gospel Choir who has sung for Madiba’s birthdays at all the 46664 Concerts at home and around the world will be joining us to honour Madiba in song.
Hands are a symbol of good sportsmanship, equality and trust. Shaking hands has long been a gesture of greeting or closing a deal across many centuries and cultures. Let’s join hands as a show of unity and commitment to building the future together.
It’s in our hands.