We were honoured to host a celebration today in memory of Nelson Mandela, the man who was a golden emblem of hope and an inspiration to millions around the world.
Inspiring speakers, celebrity guests, and 450 students from schools across the city gathered at St. Joseph College School in Toronto to honour Mandela’s legacy.
We heard from Lieutenant Governor David Onley, Shawn Desman, Maasai Warriors Wilson Meikuaya and Jackson Ntirkana, and even had a surprise appearance by Free The Children ambassador Nelly Furtado! Kardinal Offishall spoke to the crowd about his experience performing for Nelson Mandela during the hero’s visit to Toronto when Kardinal was only 12 years old.
Marc Kielburger told the audience about the time he met Mandela at Oxford University, where the courageous leader shared his wisdom on leadership.
From South Africa, Craig Kielburger Skyped into the event to create a dialogue between South African and Canadian students. Students from both countries shared their stories, their hopes for the future, and their commitments to carry on Mandela’s legacy.
“What I want to do, inspired by Nelson Mandela, is help children,” a South African student shared with the Toronto crowd.
Music was also part of the celebrations! Both groups of students performed a song each for their peers.
Encouraging the young people present to pick up the torch and continue Mandela’s work, Marc said, “I challenge each one of you to find your own legacy.”
Learn more about Nelson Mandela’s legacy by visiting www.freethechildren.com/nelson-mandela