A special campaign was launched in Hanoi on July 5 to celebrate the International Day of Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his 93 rd birthday (July 18).

The event, which takes the theme of “Take action. Inspire change. Make every day a Mandela Day”, was co-organised by the United Nations, the South African Embassy in Vietnam and the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs.

In November 2009, the UN declared July 18 th as Nelson Mandela International Day to recognise the contributions of the former South African President, who devoted 67 years of his life to his community, his country and the world in promoting a culture of peace and freedom, said South African Ambassador Ratabatsi Super Moloi.

The diplomat called on individuals and organisations to spend 67 minutes on the Mandela Day to give a hand to disadvantaged people in the community, noting that any person could help to change the world.

Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep underlined the significance of the day, which, he said, encourages each community, individual and organisation to act together for a better world.

At the launch ceremony, participants discussed themes and activities to make the day more meaningful.

On July 18, the South African Embassy, in partnership with individuals and organisations, will visit and present gifts to orphans, disabled children, Agent Orange victims and fallen soldiers’ children in the northern province of Bac Giang.

The embassy will also a organise a gala dinner and dance in September 2011 to support a charitable fund./.