Muscat, August 22 – Two initiatives — beach cleaning drive and blood donation camp — will be held to mark the birthday of Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid revolutionary and former President of South Africa.
“In Oman, we are celebrating the day (birth anniversary) with two important initiatives for the good of society,” Manabile Shogole, Ambassador of South African to the Sultanate, has said.
First, volunteers will clean up the Al Hail beach for 67 minutes at 6 am on August 26. Second, a blood donation camp has been organised at the South African Embassy in Muscat on August 29 from 2 pm to 6 pm.
The United Nations’ call to action that celebrates the idea that “each individual has the power to transform the world and the ability to make an impact” asks every individual to volunteer for just 67 minutes from their busy schedules.
The UN call for the Mandela Day is based on the credo, ‘Take Action, Inspire Change: Make everyday a Mandela Day’.
Nelson Mandela International Day or Mandela Day was declared by the UN in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on July 18, 2010.
The day is commemorated to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela and his values through volunteering and community service.