August 20, 2018
67 Minutes of Kindness
Nelson Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, inspirational leader, public servant, and philanthropist, served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 and gained international acclaim for his activism including winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
Mr. Mandela spent 67 years working to make the world a better place and on Nelson Mandela's birthday, 18 July, the call went out for people everywhere to celebrate his birthday by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world by spending 67 minutes in service of those less fortunate.
The idea of Mandela Day was inspired by Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 when he said: "It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now."
"It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now."
The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognizing Mandela’s "values and his dedication to the service of humanity" and acknowledging his contribution "to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world."
By devoting 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.
To commemorate this day, employees from Boart Longyear’s South Africa office gathered this year to provide assistance to the local community. In preparation for the event, participants made personal contributions and approached local businesses to help with donations of bread, fruit, coffee, and other basic needs items.
On the morning of the 18th of July, the employees convened in the office at 6am to organize their efforts, prepare sandwiches, and compile small care packages. They then took to the streets for 67 minutes, offering a total of 600 sandwiches, coffee, tea and fruit to the homeless and anyone that needed an act of kindness. The contributions and caring attention were well received and helped make for a great day among recipients and volunteers.
All the employees involved felt good about their service and shared after how humbling the experience was for them.