Derek Mackay, SNP MSP for Renfrewshire North & West, is encouraging everyone to mark Mandela Day on Saturday (18th July 2015).
Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated every year on his birthday, 18th July, and has been celebrated the world over since 2009.
It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, 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”.
On Mandela day in honour of the 67 years of service given by Mr Mandela, people throughout the world are encouraged to give 67 minutes of voluntary service to their community in order to help change to world into a better place for all.
Derek Mackay MSP said:
“Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to me and million of others around the world, a towering statesman and the outstanding political leader of his generation.
“I am therefore delighted to mark Mandela Day again this year, and celebrate Scotland’s links with South Africa, and the sense of service to the community.
“The sense of community is as important today as it has ever been. I would encourage anyone with spare time on their hands to give some of that time to our local community on Mandela Day.
“Whether it is picking up some litter in the local area, helping an elderly neighbour with their gardening or giving up some time to volunteer with a local charity, every little bit helps create a sense of community and help make Renfrewshire a better place for all.”