Every year on July 18, the world celebrates the legacy of Nelson Mandela. This year is particularly significant as it marks what would have been his 100th birthday. Nelson Mandela was a writer and civil rights activist as well as the first black president of South Africa. In 1993, he (along with Frederik Willem de Klerk) won the Nobel Peace Prize for non-violence, anti-apartheid activism, and philanthropy.
Nelson Mandela Day is not only a celebration of his life, influence, and legacy that has inspired peacemaking across the globe but also a reminder and catalyst for people to take action and inspire change in their individual and collective communities.
Every year, the Nelson Mandela Foundation announces a theme for this important day. As Nelson Mandela dedicated much of his life to fighting poverty and promoting social justice, this year’s theme is action against poverty.
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela
At IIN, we share a similar vision. Our mission is to play a crucial role in improving health and happiness and, through that process, create a ripple effect that transforms the world. Nelson Mandela certainly created a large ripple effect that has changed the world for the better! Join us in celebrating his legacy by individually and collectively continuing to spread the ripple effect of peace and justice for all.
Here are some ways you can take action and inspire change:
- Take one small action each day to positively affect someone’s life. Whether it’s a friend, coworker, or stranger, consider what random act of kindness you can extend to let them know they are acknowledged and valued.
- Consider what you are most passionate about and take action in that area to effect change. For instance, if you are passionate about everyone having equal access to food, water, and shelter, you might consider volunteering at a soup kitchen, donating to a local food bank, or giving a few dollars to a homeless person.
- Spread the word about Nelson Mandela Day. Tell your friends, family members, and coworkers about this important day and how they can get involved. Share your actions and celebrate your friend’s positive contributions on social media with #ActionAgainstPoverty and #MandelaDay.
“It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.” – Nelson Mandela
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