All over South Africa yesterday there was a buzz in the air – all because of an extremely special occasion:  Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday.

In case you didn’t know this, but as a result of the success of the birthday celebrations in London, June 2008, to commemorate Nelson Mandela and his life work, it was set in motion thereafter to acknowledge Mr. Mandela’s birthday each year as “Mandela Day“.  What a perfect way to ensure that his legacy endures for a very long time.

The Mandela Day campaign message is simple:  “Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity.  All we are asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting your chosen charity or serving your local community”.

In a tucked away corner of the Kruger National Park, a group of people decided to take this challenge very seriously – our amazing Singita staff at Singita Lebombo and Sweni Lodges.  They came up with some innovative and creative ways for everyone to particpate in order to raise funds to make a difference.  Some signed up to shuffle for 6.7 minutes; delicious cupcakes were auctioned off; some chose to cycle 67 kilometres while others opted for running 6.7 kilometres – and even one staff member signed up to hug or kiss 67 girls!  All proceeds are planned to support local primary schools in the area.  What a day and a great amount of fun had by all – all for an oustanding cause.

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