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January 01 2010

Celebrate Nelson Mandela Day with Operation HOPE

Nelson Mandela Day, held on July 18, is an international day of activism adopted by the United Nations. It is more than a celebration of Mandela’s life and legacy; it is a global movement to use his life’s work as an inspiration and change our world for the better. Nelson Mandela Day asks us all to embrace Mandela’s values and honor his legacy through a simple act of kindness.

Operation HOPE encourages everyone to take part in the Mandela Day movement on July 18 through the LOVE LEADERSHIP tenet that giving is getting. All that is being asked is that you give 67 minutes of your day doing something that helps change someone else’s life.  A small act of giving can inspire and confer peace of mind, and in it lies the core of true wealth.

Nelson Mandela spent more than 67 years serving his community, his country and the world at large, and on Mandela Day, people are called to devote a small amount of time changing the world for the better. It’s a small gesture of solidarity with others worldwide and a small step towards a continuous, global movement of volunteerism and activism.

Each of us can make a small difference and our collective efforts can truly change the world. Nelson Mandela Day is not a holiday – it is a day for all of us to all come together through action.

Help us to share Nelson Mandela’s vision of a better future for all, take action this weekend, and tell us about it on our Facebook Page. Need some inspiration? Our staff will be sharing their individual volunteer efforts for Nelson Mandela on Facebook as well, and here are 67 ideas on how to change the world.

For more information, visit www.nelsonmandela.org/mandeladay.