Sydney Farewell for Madiba

December 13, 2013 by J-Wire
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South Africans in Sydney will hold a ceremony this weekend to honour and remember Nelson Mandela.

Photo: South Africa The Good News

Photo: South Africa The Good News

 On Saturday 14 December between 3 and 5pm, the Library Lawns at UNSW will host a memorial ceremony for Nelson Mandela , giving South Africans living in Sydney the opportunity to farewell Madiba, a man who’s legacy will be eternal.

Organised by well-known author Joanne Fedler, the line-up of speakers at the event includes Prof Andrea Durbach, director of AHR Centre, Mr Ray Sithole, Acting High Commissioner, South African High Commission, Canberra; Ms Juliana Nkrumah, African Women Australia Network; Mr Ray Jackson, co-founder Indigenous Social Justice Association, recent winner of the French National Consultative Council on Human Rights Award; Mr Karel Solomon, South African expatriate jailed during apartheid; Mr Moses Chamboko, Secretary General, global initiative called Zimbabweans United for Democracy (ZUNDE) and Ms Meredith Burgmann, Australian Labour Party stalwart, former President of the NSW Legislative Council and leading Australian anti-apartheid activist.

In addition,musicians including Hylton Chilchik, Mark Ginsburg, the band Afro-fusion will perform.

All are welcome to come and celebrate Madiba’s life and legacy.

A fundraising page for the charity, Tikkun Afrika,  supported by Nelson Mandela as Chief Patron has been set up to make a donation in his memory.

With regards to the work of Tikkun Afrika, Madiba is quoted as saying

“Afrika Tikkun has proven that it has the ability to reach our disadvantaged population at a grassroots level. It provides both physical help, as well as hope and dignity to the recipients.”

Afrika Tikkun focusses on empowering the next generation of South Africans and believes that every child deserves a fair start in life, but South Africa’s township children are at an immediate disadvantage due to factors beyond their control. In order to break the poverty cycle Afrika Tikkun provides essential services that strengthen families and develop children from “Cradle to Career”.

Donations in Nelson Mandela’s memory can be made by clicking here




One Response to “Sydney Farewell for Madiba”
  1. Otto Waldmann says:

    Fantastic occasion, but , considering the timing, it seems that attending the celebrations and being shomer Shabbat are mutually exclusive.

    ( can’t wait for someone to ask me why I wouldn’t be there….)

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