"Don't you know, we starting a revolution,
child..." - Tracy Chapman
Cheesekids is starting the Mandela Revolution where
doing good will be an every day event, not just a special occasion.
The Mandela Day Revolution is an initiative that
will give people opportunities to give back more than just their 67 minutes on
Nelson Mandela Day in July. A range of activities like painting schools,
building houses, helping kids learn and more will be available year-round.
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Cheesekids
jointly created the Nelson Mandela Revolution. Cheesekids has over the past five
years used every opportunity to activate young South Africans to engage with
civic duty, philanthropy and community service in a fun and yet easy manner.
The Nelson Mandela Centre Of Memory at the Nelson Mandela Foundation
conceptualized Mandela Day to be exactly that. An opportunity for the next
generation to engage with civic duty, philanthropy and community service.
Furthermore the ideal of Nelson Mandela Day has become more than just a
birthday it has become a rallying call for a way of life. The Nelson Mandela
Day Revolution seeks to answer this call by making every day of public
significance (or public holiday) a Nelson Mandela Day.
The Nelson Mandela Day Revolution will be
activiated by Cheesekids in different cities or towns across South Africa right
through the year making it easy and possible for thousands of young South
Africans to participate.
Cheesekids, a mass-based volunteer organisation
that has been encouraging people since 2007 to give of their time and effort to
make South Africa an even better place to live, is kicking things off with a
March2Work on 16 June 2012. More than 8 000 youngsters will recreate the famous
1976 march from Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto with Metro FM.
"The Nelson Mandela Day Revolution answers the
question that we have all been asking ourselves what sort of big change does
South Africa need. We want every South African to join this revolution to bring
a change to how we look at our problems and how we take care of each other. We
want to bring back the essence of Ubuntu by making it simple for people to give
back on more than just one day. The revolution sets us on a course to make
everyday a Mandela Day," said Shaka Sisulu, founder of Cheesekids.
The march will culminate outside Hector Peterson
Museum. Here special guests will entertain with poetry, speeches and
entertainment to honour young people who gave up their lives for the struggle.
The walk will be followed up by
projects to beautify the following four schools along the marching route:
1. Morris Isaacson High School, Jabavu
2. Tshebedisanong Primary School, Jabavu
3. Phefeni Secondary School, Orlando West
4. Orlando West High School
Volunteers will be kitted out in custom-made
T-shirts and will get materials and instructions on how to brighten up the
schools on the route with a coat of paint, gardening and vocational guidance.
Venue: Begin at Morris Isaacson High School, Jabavu
Date: 16 June 2012
Time: March starts at 06h00
Work begins at 10h00 at all the
Shuttles will be scheduled to leave from Rosebank
Gautrain Station as follows:
and begin to leave from Soweto within the following
The Nelson Mandela Day Revolution calls for
participants to be the change. Join the Revolution today at www.our67.org.