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“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Nelson Mandela

Motivation Mondays: Mandela Day #ActionAgainstPoverty

Motivation Mondays: Mandela Day #ActionAgainstPoverty

António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on Nelson Mandela International Day 2018

Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to “make of the world a better place.” The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year’s Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honoring Nelson Mandela’s leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.

What is Mandela Day about? On Wednesday, July 18, supporters and leaders around the world will gather to celebrate the life and legacy of the great Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Tata Madiba, Khulu, Dalibhunga, who passed away in 2013.  Mandela left a shining legacy of determination and duty. He devoted 67 years of his life on this planet to service and spent 27 of those years as a prisoner on Robben Island, banished to a lifetime of hard labor by the Apartheid led regime. That he survived it to become a beacon of hope for many in South Africa and beyond is remarkable. He also became that nation’s first democratically elected black leader. This year’s anniversary is special because it marks the 100th birthday of this inspirational leader and the focus this year is the battle against poverty. Poverty remains a grave concern around the world because despite the abundance we see in some parts of the world, 1.3 billion people live in abject poverty. 1 billion are children, 850 million don’t have enough food to eat and 750 million lack adequate water in their areas.  The Nelson Mandela Foundation invites us all to do our bit by contributing to those folks in need in our communities, by advocating for changes that will help more people get access to resources and by being mindful and conscious of our consumption and impact on the resource supply around the world.
READ:Nelson Mandela: Madiba R.I.P.


“Men and women who fight the suppression of the human voice, who fight disease, illiteracy, ignorance, poverty and hunger. Some are known, others are not. Those are the people who have inspired me.” Nelson Mandela

Motivation Mondays: Mandela Day #ActionAgainstPoverty

Motivation Mondays: Mandela Day #ActionAgainstPoverty

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s message for Mandela Day

It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build. Nelson Mandela
Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice Nelson Mandela
Today we should all ask ourselves: What have I done to improve the surroundings in which I live? Do I litter or do I protect my surroundings? Do I buy stolen goods or do I help reduce crime? Nelson Mandela

What can we do to not only champion Mandela’s dream of global unity but bring about change for the good of all? We can all make a difference on this planet by taking even small steps to help others around us. The UN offered a list of actionable plans that any of us can easily choose from. By donating our time to public service, we can take concrete action that will inspire change in our communities and beyond. Here is the UN’s tentative action list of things to do:
Make a new friend. Get to know someone from a different cultural background. Only through mutual understanding can we rid our communities of intolerance and xenophobia.
Read to someone who can’t. Visit a local home for the blind and open up a new world for someone else.
Help out at the local animal shelter. Dogs without homes still need a walk and a bit of love.
Help someone get a job. Put together and print a CV for them, or help them with their interview skills.
Many terminally ill people have no one to speak to. Take a little time to have a chat and bring some sunshine into their lives.
Get tested for HIV and encourage your partner to do so too.
Take someone you know, who can’t afford it, to get their eyes tested or their teeth checked.
Donate a wheelchair or guide dog, to someone in need.
Buy a few blankets, or grab the ones you no longer need from home and give them to someone in need


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for APR 2018/MAY 2018 are:


06/03   –  05 World Environment  Day, 06, D Day, 08 National Best Friend Day,
06/10   –  13 St Anthony,  15 Eid al-Fitr,
06/17  –   17 Father’s Day, 18 Int’l. Picnic Day, MTV Movie Awards 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 Summer Solstice, Int’l. Yoga Day, World Music Day
06/24   –  24 St John the Baptist, 26 Day against Drug Abuse/Illicit Trafficking


07/01   –  TBD 04, Independence Day
07/08   – 11  World Population Day, 14 Bastille Day
07/15  – 15 National Ice cream Day, 18 Nelson Mandela Day
07/22   – 22 Parents Day,
07/29 –  30 International Day of Friendship, Day against Trafficking,



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“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” Nelson Mandela

Motivation Mondays: Mandela Day #ActionAgainstPoverty

Motivation Mondays: Mandela Day #ActionAgainstPoverty

Nelson Mandela on the Apartheid Convention – 1994

Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way. Nelson Mandela
Peace is not just the absence of conflict; peace is the creation of an environment where all can flourish, regardless of race, colour, creed, religion, gender, class, caste, or any other social markers of difference. Religion, ethnicity, language, social and cultural practices are elements which enrich human civilization, adding to the wealth of our diversity. Nelson Mandela

What more can we do to make an impact on this year’s theme? The Nelson Mandela Foundation specifically recommends that we SPREAD THE WORD! Since Mandela Day campaign is a celebration of our collective power to create a global movement for good and make a positive impact on the world, we can make a huge difference by spreading the word and encouraging others to do same. Knowledge is power and our collective power for good can bring about changes. Other tips the Foundation has suggested is to:
Use our own network of family, friends, media connections, corporations and organizations to get involved and make a difference. Share our actions on social media, especially on Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July.
Identify folks who give back and who make positive changes in our community and celebrate them
Share their good deeds via social media and remember to use the hashtag #ActionAgainstPoverty.
Make a commitment to add our voice to help the voiceless and stay informed by joining the MANDELA DAY COMMUNITY Let’s all celebrate Nelson Mandela 100 Centenary by being/becoming/ the legacy for change!
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Have a happy, peaceful and productive week ahead!

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Positive Motivation Tip: A famous Xhosa saying asserts that Ubuntu ungamntu ngabanye abantu – A person becomes a person through other people. Mandela was a man for all people.

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
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Until Next Time…
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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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