NelsonMandelaDayOn November 11, 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared the date of 18 July, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, as International Nelson Mandela Day. This resolution was adopted to celebrate the legacy of South Africa’s first democratically elected President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, H.E Nelson Mandela.

It is a call to action for people everywhere to take responsibility for making the world a better place, one small step at a time, just as Nelson Mandela did.

Mandela Day should send a humble message:  Nelson Mandela has given 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. The Mandela Day Campaign in South Africa reaches out to people worldwide and requests that on July 18 annually, everyone gives 67 minutes of their time to be of service to their community. Whether it is supporting their chosen charity or serving their local communities, people are encouraged to make a contribution to the wellbeing of society. 

adopt-an-eagleAs part of honoring Nelson Mandela Day, the South African Consulate General in Chicago plans to recognize the current devastation in Joplin, Missouri, by initiating a donation drive. The main items needed are children’s books and school supplies, however any other material would be useful. Shown here is a list for school supplies for elementary school children. If you’d like to see the list for middle school or high school students, the links are here. This is a great way to get involved even if you don’t have 67 minutes to give on July 18.

Items can be dropped off at the Consulate General lobby area, Monday – Thursday between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 pm and Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

South African Consulate General
200 S. Michigan Avenue
Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60604

The cut-off date for donations is Monday, July 11. The Consulate General will deliver all donated items to Joplin on Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday on July 18, 2011.  

Cash contributions also are welcomed and checks can be made out to Joplin School District. Cash donations are tax deductible.

For more information, please contact the South African Consulate General office in Chicago at (312) 939-7929.