Daddy’s 67 minutes in honour of Madiba
Today is Madiba’s birthday, which means it’s also International Nelson Mandela Day. This year has a different feel to it that usual. It almost seems odd to be writing this while the great man himself is so ill.
Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals across the planet to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr. Mandela did.
Every year on 18th July people are asked to give up 67 minutes of their day to help others as part of Mandela Day. Why 67...?
To commemorate the 67 years Nelson Mandela gave to the fight for human rights. When you put it like that, 67 minutes just doesn’t seem like that much. Multiply it by thousands of people (hopefully many more) around the world and that can add up to fantastic amount of work done to help others.
Of course, the Grand Daddy team are joining the fun! The Pink Flamingo cinema will open for a special screening tonight, of the beautiful movie Invictus. It revolves around the South African national rugby team, the Springboks, and their quest to win the rugby World Cup. The story takes place just after Nelson Mandela became President of South Africa. Mandela knows that the country is extremely divided along racial lines. Whites fear the new government in the hands of the Black majority. Blacks want revenge for the suffering and pain they lived during the Apartheid years, when the white minority ruled and discriminated black people. Mandela understood that for the country to succeed there must be a reunification. They all had to learn how to forgive and forget. South Africa went on to become a model for overcoming much of the hatred and fear of its past, especially through the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, lead by Bishop Desmond Tutu. But a small bit of the foundation for reconciliation was based on the nation finding something to hold in common. That turned out to be a rugby team.
If you would still like to join us today for the special screening, there are still some tickets available.
We would love to see you here, tickets are R60. Book through reservations@granddaddy,co.za, included in your Pink Flamingo ticket, is a welcom drink, a packet of sweets and popcorn.
The proceeds of tonight, will be donated to “Ons Plek Project”, the only child and youth care centre that specializes in developmental and therapeutic intake services for girls who have lived, worked or begged on the streets of Cape Town. This is how we would like to spend our 67 minutes…. by doing something special for the community…. To read more about their amazing work, visit their webpage: www.onsplek.org.za
What have you done with your 67 minutes?
“History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children”