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World leaders endorse Mandela Day

The Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson and former US president Bill Clinton support the initiative.

Preparations are well underway all over the world for the International Mandela Day.

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has led the charge in a worldwide call to celebrate former president Nelson Mandela's birthday next week.

Madiba remains in a critical but stable condition at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.

He was admitted to the facility on 8 June for a recurring lung infection.

On 18 July, Mandela turns 95 and it will be celebrated as International Mandela Day.

A video has been posted online featuring Tutu, world leaders and icons.

They call on people across the globe to celebrate the day.

The video features the Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson and former United States president Bill Clinton.

Clinton urged the public to give 67 minutes of their time for a good cause on Mandela Day.

"I ask you to celebrate by following his example."

To show your support for Mandela Day, you can visit www.pledge4mandeladay.org.