United Way South Africa Celebrates Mandela Day

Mandela Day is celebrated each year in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on July 18. It is a celebration of Madiba’s legacy to honor his life’s work and dedicate 67 minutes to making a difference in our communities.

This year, United Way South Africa invited 40 volunteers from multiple businesses to donate school supplies and sanitary products for HIV positive orphans and vulnerable children at Childline Gauteng.

Volunteers collected, packed and donated over R40,000  (almost USD $3,000) worth of stationery supplies for 100 students and sanitary products for 40 girls to get them all through a year’s worth of schooling. Without sanitary products, girls miss approximately five days of school per month, about 60 days per year. By supplying these 40 girls with sanitary products – enough for a year – they were able to give them back a collective 2,400 days of school.

For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity. He believed that every individual has the ability and the responsibility to make positive change in the world. As he called upon every responsible citizen to take action and inspire change, his words of encouragement were,"We can change the world to make it a better place. It is in your hands now."