Nelson Mandela's humanitarian legacy
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Nelson Mandela was known as Prisoner 46664 when he was incarcerated on Robben island
Nelson Mandela takes the stage with many of the world's great humanitarians, and for good reason. Not only did he spend 27 years in jail only to come out to preach the gospel of forgiveness, he also inspired projects, foundations and initiatives that continue to celebrate his generous spirit and make a real difference in the lives of many.
As children are so close to the great man's heart, The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund was started in 1995, in an effort to recognise the plight of thousands of homeless children, orphans, refugees and those little ones suffering with HIV/AIDS. The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund proved to be an incredible tool for raising funding for humanitarian projects and creating awareness and continues to remain in the international spotlight, thanks to the presence of this great man.
In 2007, the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund built the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital in Gauteng, the fourth hospital on the continent dedicated to the wellbeing of children.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation was launched in 1999 and has been dedicated to humanitarian work - in particular creating open dialogue about issues such as xenophobia and racism, as well as the preservation of spiritual memory.
Madiba has continued to inspire ordinary people to do extraordinary things, and perhaps his most celebrated humanitarian project is the annual 46664 concert to raise funds and awareness of those living with HIV/AIDS.
The first 46664 concert was held in Cape Town on 29 November 2003, and was attended by some of the world's greatest musicians and humanitarians such as Bono, Bob Geldof and Annie Lennox. The various 46664 initiatives over the years have raised millions for the HIV/AIDS epidemic and have also created a world-wide awareness of the plight of many people suffering with the disease.
He may be over 90 years of age, but Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela continues to inspire the world to reach out and give to those less fortunate. We salute you, Madiba!