HÀ NỘI – As many as 70 blood units were donated yesterday for Nelson Mandela International Day, initiated by the embassy of South Africa in conjunction with the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion of Việt Nam.
On July 18, 2022, the world honoured the legacy of the first democratically elected President of South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
Born in 1918 in the Eastern Cape, Madiba - as he was affectionately known- was a humanist who was not only one of the foremost heroes that fought for the freedom of all South Africans but was also regarded by the international community as an inspiring leader committed to promoting freedom, respect for human rights, equality, unity and tolerance.
|South African Ambassador-designate Vuyiswa Gladys Tulelo and her colleagues donate blood to save lives. Photo courtesy of the embassy|
Nelson Mandela International Day was launched on July 18, 2009, following a unanimous decision of the United Nations General Assembly. It has been celebrated to honour Madiba's values and dedication to the service of humanity.
The day not only celebrates Nelson Mandela's life and legacy but is also a global call to action for people to recognise their ability to positively affect others around them.
The global theme for Nelson Mandela International Day 2022 is "Do what you can, with what you have, wherever you are".
As inequality continues to grow and the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed existing disparities and damaged vulnerable communities, the call to action is as broad and as inclusive as possible: identify those in need around you and do what you can to make a difference. VNS