“We fully endorse the Nelson Mandela Foundation-values of contributing to the making of a just society by reaching out to the vulnerable and by using our cricketing excellence as a platform to change, inspire and unite people,” said Nabeal Dien, Cape Cobras CEO.
“We believe the values and notion of our team and province contributing actively to education, giving back to communities and social upliftment slowly becoming the core of our ethos.“The values of servant leadership, of caring, sharing and nation building were synonymous with Nelson Mandela, and we are proud to contribute to his legendary legacy in this way.
The Cape Cobras devoted 67 minutes (or more) to poverty-stricken people in the Cape Flats as part of the Mandela Day celebrations on 18th July 2015 by distributing soup and blankets to the homeless.The Cobras were brand ambassadors for the Nelson Mandela Foundation in 2014 and displayed the 46664 on their arms and chests when playing at the Champions League T20 in India.
Western Province Cricket Association and the Cape Cobras have championed and supported several causes benefiting the poor, needy and vulnerable in society in the past.
They have supported charities like Reach for a Dream and St. Luke’s Hospice and donated 100 food buckets to Woodside Special Care in Rondebosch.
To show support for the Cape Cobras’ Mandela Day initiative, fans or cricket supporters can take selfies with the team and post it on social media under the hash tag #MandelaDay. Or you can tweet your support for the Cobras and Mandela Day from the game at #MandelaDay.
“We encourage corporates and other to become part of the great Cobras brand by investing in our team and the many properties we have available,” said Dien.
Background on Mandela Day and how sport can unite people
Nelson Mandela International Day – known as Mandela Day - was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly.
It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made in 2008, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”.
Mandela Day is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy - it is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.
Mandela Day has evolved from volunteering for 67 minutes on July 18 every year to ongoing activities to “Make every day a Mandela Day”.
The program is supported by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which promotes his lifelong vision of freedom and equality for all, and which aims to contribute to the making of a just society that remembers its past, listens to all voices, and pursues social justice for all.
Mandela was a fervent proponent of the impact of sport, famously saying: “Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire.
It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”
The Nelson Mandela Foundation urges all South Africans to think creatively about how they, like the Cape Cobras, can continue to nurture and sustain the Madiba legacy over time.
Among the initiatives undertaken by other sporting teams and codes to honour Madiba’s legacy are included:
MTN-Qhubeka dedicating their first-ever stage win in the Tour de France on Mandela Day this year to Nelson Mandela and Mandela Day.
The team wore specially-designed helmets on stage 14 of the Tour de France, the winning stage, in honour of the birthday of Mandela. MTN-Qhubeka made history as the first African team to compete in the Tour de France, the world’s premier cycling race.
The International Rugby Board inducted Nelson Mandela into the World Rugby Hall of Fame on the 3rd October this year. It was in tribute to Mandela’s role in uniting South Africa through his support for the Springboks in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
The Proteas and Springboks going head to head in the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup T20 match at the Wanderers on 5 December 2014. Cricket South Africa partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the South African Rugby Union for the event, held on the first anniversary of the passing away of Mandela.
Bafana Bafana and the Springboks both played on the same day to mark the inaugural Mandela Sports and Culture Day at FNB Stadium on 17 August 2013.
If viewers / listeners want to honour Madiba’s legacy and volunteer but don’t know what to do, they can find inspiration at www.mandeladay.com. There are a list of activities and suggestions available on the site, which was launched in May to make it easier for ordinary people to join the community of change-makers and make every day a Mandela Day.
Extramural activity at a school or coaching a sports team, are amongst things that can be done to make a difference in the spirit of Mandela Day.
Or one can read to a child or donate a book to a school. Or one can contribute supplies required for the planting of food gardens at under-privileged schools or donate food to homes that care for abandoned children and orphans.
The key is to look at sustainable long term activities rather than once off actions.
Mandela said: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
For more information, contact Neeran Naidoo, director of communications at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, at Neerann@nelsonmandela.org or on 082-994-0349.