A charitable activity was launched in Hanoi on July 18 to celebrate International Day of Nelson Mandela, with the participation of Ambassadors from Mozambique , Angola , Nigeria and Palestine.

About 133 million VND raised from a campaign by the South African Embassy in Vietnam was used to buy equipment for functional rehabilitation for disabled children at Thuy An Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped Children.

South African Ambassador to Vietnam Ratubatsi Super Moloi said that in November 2009, the UN declared July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day with the theme “Take action. Inspire change. Make every day a Mandela Day” to recognise the contributions of the former South African President, who devoted 67 years of his life to the cause of freedom and struggle for justice.

On the occasion of Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday (July 18), this year’s day calls on individuals and organisations to spend 94 minutes to give a hand to disadvantaged children.

The ambassador affirmed that the annual celebration aims to gather the solidarity of international community in maintaining the value of freedom and justice which the late President of South Africa struggled for.-VNA