Volunteer for service on Nelson Mandela Day July 18Listen /
Every year since 2010, on 18 July individuals around the world are encouraged to devote 67 minutes to helping others by volunteering in honour of Nelson Mandela Day.
For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.
In a video message UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged volunteerism.
"I join the Nelson Mandela Foundation in urging each and every one of us to perform 67 minutes of public service on Nelson Mandela International Day – one minute for each year of Madiba's own remarkable service to humanity. Tutor a child. Feed the hungry. Care for your environment. Volunteer at a hospital or community centre. Be part of the Mandela movement to make the world a better place. That is the best way to wish Nelson Mandela a very happy 94th birthday. It is the best way we can thank him for being such an inspiration to us all. Take action; inspire change; make every day a Mandela Day."
In keeping with the theme of “Take Action! Inspire Change”, staff from UN Headquarters in New York will volunteer at the Bowery Mission, preparing and serving food to homeless men and women.
For more information go to www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay