This year will mark the first time the day has been celebrated without Madiba but his legacy will always continue. Nelson Mandela spent the past 67 years making the world a better place and followed three rules throughout his life, which he did at great personal sacrifice:
Mandela Day is a global call to action for citizens of the world to take up the challenge and follow in the formidable footsteps of Madiba, a man who transformed his life, served his country and freed his people. Its objective is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better and in so doing, to build a global movement for good.
The question we must ask ourselves is what we are doing to make the world a better place; what are we doing to make every day a Mandela Day?
The Hospice Palliative Care Association ( HPCA) staff celebrated Mandela Day on Tuesday,15 July 2014 by giving 67 minutes of their time to the Linawo Children’s Home in Pinelands, Cape Town.Linawo has been the permanent home to 15 abandoned, neglected and orphaned children for more than 10 years. “Children are very close to my heart and i thought what better way to give back to an orphanage right here on our doorstep”said Eric Watlington.
As we arrived to the children’s home, we were welcomed by very excited children who were so overwhelmed with new faces.HPCA staff then got down to business by washing windows, cutting the grass and fixing up broken cupboards in all the rooms.The most amazing part that stood out for me on this day was that instead of us serving this children’s home, they in return assisted us with all our activities as well.
Children were treated to lunch afterwards.