“It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.”

Celebrated each year on 18 July, Nelson Mandela Day aims to inspire a ripple of good needs throughout the world, and looks to encourage individuals, communities, governments and non-profit organisations to take one small step towards the larger leap of making a positive imprint.

All around the world, people are encouraged to spend at least 67 minutes doing something positive for their communities. This in honour of the 67 years that Mandela devoted to the public service, as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

Mandela Day is an initiative to give back to those less fortunate, the vulnerable and marginalised in communities.

There are many things that we can do to change the world and create a better place. “Make Every Day a Mandela Day”, no matter how small your action. Buy a few blankets, or grab the ones you no longer need from home and give them to someone in need. Donate blood or help out at the local animal shelter by walking the homeless dogs and giving them a bit of love. We can all take a little bit of time to have a chat with the ones who have no one to speak to, donate some books and educational’s toys to a children house, bake something for a support group or organise a cleanup day in your neighbourhood.

On the official website , you can choose between many initiatives and organizations that you can support by giving your time or making a donation.

By giving a little of your time to make a change to a cause that’s close to your heart, or by giving a little of your time to make a difference to the life of someone else, you can start changing the world around you.