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Graca Machel, the Elders launch campaign to advocate for peace, equality

The Elders, supported by British billionaire Richard Branson, led hundreds of people on a 1.4-kilometre walk in the Cape Town CBD to commemorate Mandela Day.

Graca Machel, former Ireland President Mary Robinson, Sir Richard Branson on the walk to the Cape Town Convention Centre on Mandela Day. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel wants South Africans to support a global campaign aimed at improving the lives of citizens.

Machel and the Elders, a forum of leaders set up by Mandela 10 years ago were on Tuesday launching the Walk Together campaign.

The Elders, supported by British billionaire Richard Branson, led hundreds of people on a 1.4-kilometre walk in the Cape Town CBD to commemorate Mandela Day.

The Walk Together campaign will focus on advocating for peace, equality, improving health and justice of citizens around the world.

Graca Machel says Nelson Mandela was particularly passionate about improving healthcare.

“Madiba was the first in this country to come and embrace those who were suffering from HIV/Aids, to say every single one of them deserves to have treatment.”

Machel adds the campaign will run over the next year.

The Elders will work with organisations such as the Last Mile Health and the Global Legal Empowerment Network among others.

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