Nelson Mandela Gave 67 Years; Let's Commit to 67 Minutes

South Africa's humanitarian hero invites one and all to share the glory.

Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

Nelson Mandela International Day is a week away, a day when the world is asked to perform the unthinkable—donate 67 minutes of free time to doing something that will help someone else. We can all talk the talk—about what someone else should do to change a circumstance, a situation, a place or a person for the better. How many of us will take Mandela’s challenge and do something ourselves?

Admittedly, 67 minutes (symbolizing Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of service to the people of South Africa and the world) may seem like a lot to ask. So just take two minutes to read through this list of 67 suggested ways to make a real positive change in the life of someone, or some ones. Being a person who commits to helping is easier than you might imagine.

Think it over. You have until July 18 to decide how you’ll help. It’s okay to be casual about your involvement, but don’t delay too long. Scores of committed volunteers are already off and running.

In South Africa, Bikers for Mandela Day have cycled away on a two-wheeled expedition that will stop for seven community projects along the route, including painting a mural and sprucing up the playground at the Hope House orphanage in Harrismith.

“I personally would like the 67 minutes to be the inspiration for a deeper, longer involvement in changing the world for better,” said rider DJ Fresh of 5fm.

While deciding how to make the most of your 67 minutes, go ahead and follow the Mandela Riders on Twitter (@Bikers4MandelaD).

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