67 Minutes for Mandela

by Dawne on June 23, 2010

July 18, 2009 was the Inaugural Mandela Day. It was celebrated by people the world over, all committed to acts of service. Mandela has lived a life of service to his community, his country and his world. He has given of himself for more than 67 years. What better way to honour his work?

I love the way The Nelson Mandela Foundation has expressed this concept:

“On Mandela Day people are called to devote just 67 minutes of their time to changing the world for the better, in a small gesture of solidarity with humanity, and in a small step towards a continuous, global movement for good.”

If you are already a supporter of Knit-A-Square you’ll know that 67 minutes is time enough to complete a square or two or at least to make a significant start on an 8″ square. Given that our challenge for the next 3 months is to make as many squares as is safely possible you might challenge yourself to make 6 or 7 squares in July.

Or maybe it’s a great time to tell 6 or 7 friends about the work of KAScare in support of South Africa’s orphans? Or time to donate $6 or $7 dollars to help fund the distributions of the blankets.

Packing up squares and taking them to the Post Office would probably take 67 minutes. 67 minutes is also a great start to teaching a child to knit/crochet. A little quality time and a shared memory is always a good thing!

If you’ve found this blog post because you are working to improve the lives of orphans please tell us about your work/organization in the comment section. And I’d like to personally invite you to consider learning to knit or crochet in support of Knit-A-Square. After all, learning something new at any age is good for our brains!

July 18th may be Mandela’s birthday, which is wonderfully special in itself, but it goes beyond that because it is also an opportunity. It is an opportunity for each of us to be part of something larger and greater than ourselves, the path to a lasting Peace.

Simply put, Mandela Day is a call to service. How will you answer the call?

You can choose to share in the comment section or share your plans with the world.

“The world remains beset by so much human suffering, poverty and deprivation.  It is in your hands … to make of our world … a better one for all.” Nelson Mandela

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Jana June 24, 2010 at 06:35

Well said!

Elaine June 24, 2010 at 12:15

Nelson Mandela is a peace ikon.

Dawne June 25, 2010 at 00:28

Elaine I couldn’t agree with you more. His fervent desire to work for reconciliation when he had the power for retribution has always inspired such feelings of awe and respect in me. A stunning example of the best a human can be; even after the suffering he experienced. Makes me feel hopeful for what humanity can be and a reminder that Peace is always an option.

Kalai June 25, 2010 at 05:09

Nelson Mandela is one of my idols, that’s for sure. What an amazing man. Anyone who hasn’t seen Invictus should definitely watch it. Thanks so much Dawne for sharing this. I love the concept.

Zanny July 5, 2010 at 07:35

Nelson Mandela, one of the most admired, revered and loved man in the history of mankind. Bless him forever.
My 67 minutes will be spent packing up squares, taking them to the post office and giving the box a big hug and kiss as it goes on it’s way to all those wonderful sewers in Africa. Then will come home and quickly crochet a square!!!!!

Dawne July 5, 2010 at 14:01

Zanny those will be 67 minutes well spent!

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