The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.” Individuals, businesses and community organisations are encouraged to participate in Mandela Day. The Nelson Mandela Foundation on their website states "We would be honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace and reconciliation.
The Worcester Business Forum together with the Breede Valley Municipality, Department of Education, the Western Cape Community Chest, the Worcester Arts Society, the Worcester Heritage and Conservation Society, Golden Valley Casino and the Worcester Hope and Reconciliation Forum will facilitate the Mandela Day and the Care for Worcester Week from 16 July to 20 July 2012.
It starts with a motivational breakfast on Monday morning, a Fun Run, Long Walk Parade down High Street, the unveiling of the Nelson Mandela Statue on Church Plain and a day of fun for smaller kids on the 18th July 2012. The fundraising is facilitated by the Worcester Business Forum (a non-profit NGO). All monies raised through events related to the Nelson Mandela Statue Project will be used to pay for the statue (R80,000 is still needed). Any additional money raised will be used in Worcester to support local community based organisations and their projects.
In the run-up to Mandela Day and the “Care for Worcester Week” … The Golden Valley Casino’s will donate R40 of each ticket sold at the Jazz and Pop Festival that will take place at the Golden Valley Casino on the 29th and 30th June. The marquee entertainment will star the popular singers and entertainers, Emo Adams, SA live band Public Opinion; and the jazz music of The N2 Jazz Band, the Graeme Watkins Project, 3rd World Spectator, rock band Jesse Jordan; and top alternate rock band aKING. Tickets cost R120 per person and bookings can be done at Computicket 083 915 8000 or www.computicket.com – please support local talent and help raise funds for the Statue Project! Schools are preparing artworks, poems, essays and messages for the Time Capsule that will be sealed at the base of the Statue and opened in 100 year’s time on the 18th July 2112! A trip to Robben Island is planned with the Breede Valley Junior Town Council to collect stones from the quarry for the base of the Statue.
If you would like to get involved in these events or share your ideas for events planned – please contact Nik Wullschleger of the Worcester Business Forum on 083 735 2038 or 023 347 0336
Come on Worcester roll up your sleeves and get involved! There are lots to do and your community needs you!