Sponsored by Torus Foundation
Liverpool charitable organisation Mandela8 marked Mandela Day this year by encouraging the public to take part in a whole week of activities aimed at promoting community cohesion and highlighting those who have been affected by the ongoing pandemic.
The group behind the new Nelson Mandela memorial in Princes Park had originally planned for a visit from Mandela’s family to mark its opening this July, but sadly plans had to be put on hold due to both construction work and travel being so adversely affected by the lockdown.
Adapting to the country’s current situation, the charity decided they would instead use the week – commencing 13th July – to recognise the not only the pain and suffering that local communities are going through but also provide a space for organisations to recognise the work their staff and volunteers have done to help people during Covid-19.
As part of their #My67Minutes campaign – sponsored by Torus Foundation – participants were encouraged to spend 67 minutes of their day taking part in their chosen act of kindness; one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service.
Highlights of the week included:
- Litter picks organised by the Friends of Princes Park, Granby Toxteth Development Trust and The Florrie with over 100 people involved.
- Park Palace Ponies visiting Princes Park to the delight of local families.
- Mandela8’s ‘Roots & Wings’ programme participants taking part in the Liverpool Slavery Tour with Laurence Westgaph.
- Free Djembe workshops provided by Phil Windever and instrument making workshops provided by Luma Creations.
- Katumba’s drumming performance in Princes Park.
- Buildings lit up in yellow across the Liverpool City Region and wider Merseyside to mark Mandela Day.
- Mandela quotes displayed on big screens across Liverpool, supported by Agent Marketing.
- LDP Community Diabetes Team organising donations to local food banks.
- Holly Lodge Girls’ College held a takeover of their social media, posting information and quotes about Mandela.
- Mosspits School held sessions on illustration, chalk artwork and Mandela quotes across various year groups.
- Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, gifting ‘Beebombs’ for Princes Park to celebrate Mandela Day by creating a Mandela field of hope.