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Graca Machel urges global community to do good for others

Nelson Mandela’s widow yesterday launched the International Nelson Mandela Day in Tembisa.

Graca Machel officially launched International Nelson Mandela Day celebration with learners from a Tembisa school. Picture: Thando Khubeka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel has urged the global community to make a commitment and be part of a movement of doing good for others.

Machel launched International Nelson Mandela Day in Tembisa yesterday.

Mandela Day is celebrated on the late statesman's birthday on 18 July, and encourages people to give 67 minutes of their time to give back to those less fortunate.

Machel used the launch of Mandela Day to highlight Madiba's love for children.

"It is a reminder of a time where we have to make a life worth living for every single human being."

Machel says Mandela Day is a drive to encourage people do whatever they can to make the world a better place.

"You can do good in individually. You can do good as an institution alone, but there's value in amplifying the good in a process where it's a movement."

This year's key focus areas are food security, shelter, literacy and the environment.