Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It was launched on his birthday, 18 July, in 2009 via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly.
“It is in your hands to make of the world a better place,” he said a year earlier, calling on the younger generation to take up this task.
Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place. Each year in July we look back on what has been done, and forward to what will be done.
In July 2017, in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria, the Nelson Mandela Day Commemorative Committee is embarking on a series of events to commemorate the life of the great man and to effect positive change in the community through action.
These actions include:
Professor Gary Foley of Victoria University presenting the second Nelson Mandela Day Lecture at
RMIT Storey Hall, RMIT University
@6pm on Friday 7th July
Nelson Mandela Day Interfaith Service
@St. Paul’s Cathedral, 198 – 206 Flinders St, from 12pm – 1pm on Saturday 15th July
A tribute and celebration of the life of Mandela (followed by live performances at Federation Square)
@Federation Square from 2pm – 6pm on Saturday 15th July
Tree for Mandela where NMDCC members will collaborate with schools around Victoria to plant a tree on School Tree Day to be held
Friday, 28th July
In celebrating this important time, we are encouraging people to devote at least 67 minutes of their time on 18 July to community service as a tribute to Mr. Mandela’s extraordinary humanitarian values and leadership.
Making every day a Mandela Day celebrates Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.
We ask you to join us and take action, inspire change and make every day a Mandela Day.