On Mandela Day (July 18), people around the world are encouraged to spend at least 67 minutes doing something positive for their communities. It is to honour the 67 years late South African president, Nelson Mandela, spent fighting for social justice, equality and democracy.
The international day of philanthropy was inspired by Mandela’s speech on 27 June 2008 (his 90th birthday celebration) in Hyde Park, London. In his address, Mandela called on the leaders of all nations to help change the world for the better. “It’s in your hands now,” he urged.
Celebrated each year on the iconic statesman’s birthday, Nelson Mandela International Day aims to inspire a ripple of good deeds by encouraging individuals, communities, governments and non-profit organisations to take small steps towards changing our societies.
From July 18-the 27th Whirlpool South Africa launched a charity drive where a total of 33 household appliances were donated. The Mandela Day which turned to be a Mandela Week for Whirlpool saw a lot of our employees taking the time off their busy schedules to handover the appliances to 9 chosen NPO homes.
We are confident that our social responsibility projects are making a huge difference to the lives of the many people impacted by these appliance donations.