Mandela Day – 18 July 2020
Donate Blood – SANBS
Every year, on 18 July, people around the globe do their bit in support of Mandela Day to make the world a better place. But how many will be able to say they saved the lives of three people?
Mandela Day has been celebrated every year since 2010. In 2009, on former Pres Mandela’s birthday, the United Nations declared July 18 to be Nelson Mandela International Day.
At first the call was for people to dedicate 67 minutes of their time – representing the 67 years of his life that Mandela gave to social justice – to volunteering and community service. The campaign has now shifted to encouraging individuals and organisations to act throughout the year, and not just on one day.
By donating a unit of blood every eight weeks, blood donors are able to live up to the ideal of Mandela Day by performing voluntary service throughout the year.
To find a donation centre near you, go to: https://sanbs.org.za/