Sunday, July 17, 2011

In Honor of Madela, UN Asks World To Devote 67 Minutes To Public Service

July 15th marks the second annual Nelson Mandela International Day!
In Honor of him, the UN is asking that people around the world perform 67 hours of public service, which represents one minute of every year of Mandela's own service to humanity.

The UN call to take part in public service is part of the "Take Action! Inspire Change" campaign put forth by the Mandela Foundation.

It is in recognition of the South African Leader's contribution as a human rights lawyer, freedom fighter, prisoner, international peace maker and the first democratically-elected president of a free South Africa.

On a separate message sent out, Mr. Ban calls on people everywhere to embrace Mandela's message to change the world. "Tutor a child, find someone less fortunate, care for the enviornment, volunteer at a hospital of community center. Together we can help achieve the dignity and liberty that are our birthright. This is the best way to honor Nelson Mandela."

There is also an interactive exhibit in New York called, "Take Action! Inspire Change." It will soon be displayed in UN Headquarters!

-Gabrielle Gurian