On Sunday a bunch of us got together to celebrate Madiba Day at Zoo Lake as part of the 67 Minutes for Mandela campaign:
Mr Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place. We’re asking you for 67 minutes." Nelson Mandela turns 91 on 18 July, and the call has gone out for people everywhere to celebrate his birthday – and the global launch of Mandela Day – by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world.
The plan, inspired by David Alves, was to spend 67 minutes cleaning up around the lake and giving back. This isn’t the first time Dave has arranged such a venture and I seriously doubt it will be the last either. Next time I’m going to surely rope in a whole bunch of my friends as I’m sure a lot of them will want to give back.
For me this was actually the first time I’ve actually walked around Zoo Lake – yes yes shocking I know! It truly is a beautiful open space even during the middle of winter. There is an abundance of life ranging from duck through to lots of bird life. I was quite surprised to see so many families out spending the day in the sun and I’m definitely sure I’ll be returning for a picnic and to walk around.
Thanks to the Megan and the dancers from The Duncan Studio of Celtic Dancing who wore the Guerrillas Gone Green jumpsuits proudly and collected oodles of trash. They were literally diving into the bushes to find and remove the trash.
Later we were joined by a family that expressed interest in what we were doing and even brought a refuse trailer along to assist with the refuse removal. Great one guys!
Here are a few photos from the day. Be sure to check out the complete album of photos over here.