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The South African Embassy in Qatar and Sasol, the international integrated energy and chemical company are joining efforts to mark the observance of ‘Mandela Day’ with a call to action for support.

‘Mandela Day’ is an annual international day in honour of South African anti-apartheid figure, Nelson Mandela and aims to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better.

The employees of the South African Embassy in Qatar and Sasol Qatar, as well as individuals in the community, are encouraged to donate new or used clothing, toys, electronic gadgets, or anything (non-perishable items) that someone less fortunate can re-use and in so doing make a small difference in their lives. All proceeds from the sale of donated items will go to Tayf/Qatar Charity.

This donation drive is in the spirit of the inspiring work of Nelson Mandela. While ‘Mandela Day’ is celebrated on 18 July, this drive represents the spirit of doing good beyond just one day. he day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010. However, other groups began celebrating Mandela Day on 18 July 2009.

Contributions can be made by dropping off donations in the dedicated Tayf Containers placed at the entrance of the Salam, The Gate Mall from Thursday 12 September– Sunday 15 September 2013.

A handover ceremony of the collected donations will take place at the following:

Date: Sunday 15 September 2013

Time: 2 pm

Location: Main Entrance of Salam, The Gate at West Bay

For more information on Mandela Day, visit Mandela Day’s website.