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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Celebrate Nelson Mandela Day

A guest post by Elicia Banks-Gabriel of Anomaly for World Football Commentaries

Former South African President Nelson Mandela smiles at Soccer City stadium during the closing ceremony for the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg July 11, 2010.     REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)
Mr. Mandela at the World Cup final last Sunday in
SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2010


Dear Friend,

Today is a very special day. It is Nelson Mandela's birthday! Since 2009, this day has been declared Nelson Mandela Day by the United Nations!

Are you ready to celebrate in Mandela style? Purchase or wear your Mandela bangle to remind yourself all day of Mandela's struggle for social justice. The number depicted on the bangle, 46664, was his prison number. The number that identified him for 27 years; now the global symbol for his humanitarian causes.

In addition to wearing your bangle, we ask you to truly celebrate his birthday by dedicating 67 minutes of your time to do something good. Anything good you can think of to do in your community or even just around the house will be great! You'll see here Morgan Freeman celebrating by organizing a bike ride in Africa to spread the word about Mandela Day.

You can also choose to donate to the Nelson Mandela 46664 campaign right here. The campaign is determined to raise global awareness and prevention for HIV/AIDS. The funds raised through Mandela's 46664 campaign are used to undertake activities that promote HIV Prevention, especially for the most vulnerable, such as women and children.

After you've celebrated, tell us your stories! What was your good deed and how did it go? Tell us here on our Facebook Page!

Thank you for your time and we hope you have a wonderful day celebrating Nelson Mandela Day 2010!

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46664 is Nelson Mandela's global HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention campaign.

The 46664 campaign is an initiative to inspire individual and collective action towards an AIDS-free world. At its core, the campaign is about bringing hope and inspiration to all affected by HIV/AIDS. Thus 46664 raises awareness about the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the underlying issues that influence it, such as poverty, lack of education, gender inequality, lack of access to health facilities and the denial of economic opportunities. 46664 achieves its objectives through outreach campaigns in Africa and beyond, as well as through the staging of multi-artist concerts, sports and entertainment events and fundraisers. The campaign uses the universal connecting power of music, sport, entertainment and celebrity to educate, engage and empower those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, and draws upon an extensive global network of ambassadors and celebrities. International ambassadors have the power to raise awareness and educate the younger generation in particular. By gaining global backing for the cause, 46664 looks to raise funds to directly assist the many HIV/AIDS projects it supports.

The 46664 campaign began in 2002 when Mr Mandela realised that to reach the youth of the world he needed to engage the support of the people who most appeal to them.

Celebrate Nelson Mandela day with us by wearing your bangle in his honor and as a reminder of his struggle for good.

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