While former South African president Nelson Mandela spends his 95th birthday in hospital in Pretoria, the rest of the world has been urged to take part in International Nelson Mandela Day by spending 67 minutes on charitable acts.
The number marks Mandela's 67 years of public service, and the day is a call to individuals everywhere to try to make the world a better place one small step at a time, as volunteers paint schools, biker gangs clean streets and politicians devote time to worthy projects.
On Twitter, South Africans and people all over the world shared how they are participating in Mandela Day:
Spent the morning with the disabled in Hangeberg and then did a soup kitchen for the homeless in Hout Bay... #MandelaDay— Christel Erasmus (@ChristelErasmus) July 18, 2013
Fourth stop, Sennette Home in Sandhurst to do my 67mins. #MandelaDay.- Zoleka Mandela (@ZolekaMandela) July 18, 2013
I'll be heading to Bridge City mall in Kwamashu to donate blood☺ »»»67Minutes #MandelaDay♥— DjTwittyFans♥ (@DjTwittyFans) July 18, 2013
Spent my 67min at The Haven by donating some goodies thanx to the Inlingua students and Cambridge University Press #MandelaDay—— Kay Coetzee (@Nichay21) July 18, 2013
Spent my #67Minutes4Madiba preparing food packs for vulnerable children#MandelaDay— Patricia de Lille (@PatriciaDeLille) July 18, 2013