Celebrated each year on 18 July – Mandela’s birthday – Mandela Day is a global call to action celebrating the idea that we all have the power to transform the world. The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010.
On 27 April 2009, the 46664 concerts and the Nelson Mandela Foundation invited the global community to join them in support of an official Mandela Day. Mandela Day is not meant as a public holiday, but as a day to honor the legacy and values of South Africa’s first post-apartheid president through volunteering and community service.
People contribute to Mandela Day by giving 67 minutes of their time to a cause close to their hearts – a minute for every year Mandela spent fighting for South Africa’s emancipation. The Ayyoub Foundation, in partnership with House of Compassion, supports each year by distributing 500 loaves of bread in the township of Delft in the Western Cape.