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Your Story about Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela always valued his relationship to The Bahamas. Below are a few memories. Special thanks to Candia Dames and Torrell Glinton for their contribution from the archives.

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JULY 20, 2013 -- PERCY "VOLA" FRANCIS, KING OF JUNKANOO & LEADER OF THE SHELL SAXONS SUPERSTARS
 The year was 1993 when Mr Nelson Mandela visited Nassau, Bahamas just in time for our annual parade. It was Christmas Day when I got a frantic call at home from members of our group that Nelson Mandela was in Mason's Addition on Saxon's Way (Home of the Saxons) looking for me. Our parade theme that year was "Famous Legends In Time - Be The Best You Can Be." In that presentation we had a lead costume with Nelson riding a black panther with a carving of him in almost true likeness. He must have heard what we were doing for the Junkanoo Parade and came to our shack in the yard of Peter Minnis our designer and decorator, to view the piece. Peter freaked out when they said Mandela came by to see his work. It was an unbelievable moment for all of us. During that patricular moment I (Percy) did not get a chance to see him then, because I was at home putting the final touches on my costume.  It was not until we got to Bay Street and Parliament Square, in the heart of the parade when Mr. Mandela sent for me for a photo opportunity. With me was my son Julio who was only 3 years old at the time also experiencing his first Junkanoo parade. We were dressed as knights in shinning armour for that particular parade presentation. What a thrilling and memorable moment. Still being kept as a memorabilla.  Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela from the king.

JULY 19, 2013 - TERRINIQUE PENNERMAN, MARIO CAREY REALTY
For the next 67 days, our company has pledged to perform individual acts of kindness. To track our deeds, we have created a chart that hangs in the lobby of the office. We will post our names on the chart each day we perform a good deed. 

JULY 16, 2013 - GARETH JOHNSON, CLEAR CHOICE POOL SERVICES
Hello sir, hope all is well with you. Heard you on Mr Miller's show yesterday, and thought you did a great job. Continue bridging the gap between races...and being that beacon of light...that all men would know that there's still hope in mankind, because of men like yourself. Job well done Mr Gruner. 

 

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Ndaba Mandela Letter


Ndaba Mandela Letter


Letter from Ndaba Mandela

A special letter to The Bahamas from the grandson of Nelson Mandela

Johannesburg, July 18th, 2013


To the people of The Bahamas,

A few years ago I had the pleasure of traveling to The Bahamas. The Islands of The Bahamas are probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to in my life and I must say the hospitality was great. A place I can comfortably say, if there was a heaven on Earth, it would probably look like The Bahamas.

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I would like to encourage the country to get behind Nelson Mandela day as its not only a day in which we follow the example of Nelson Mandela by giving back to our communities but a day in which we celebrate his birthday. This year marks his 95th birthday and we would like you to join us in this celebration of his life and legacy.

This day is an important day for our family as well as our country, the Republic of South Africa. We would be happy if the people of The Bahamas could join us and make this day a real international day.

I would like to thank you for recognizing this day, Nelson Mandela day, and acknowledging the great work our grandfather has done for being instrumental in liberating the people of South Africa, for being an exemplary leader for African people across the world and a beacon of light, hope and inspiration for all humanity.

My grandfather on his birthday would love nothing more than to see people doing their part for their community. Mandela Day is not limited to charity but promotes that we should do something, anything that will benefit anyone accept yourself. This will allow our society to he more in touch with one another and by so doing create a more united world.

My wish for humanity is that we celebrate ourselves as humans and try to create a more just world where people have equal opportunities to express themselves in a constructive manner and are able to live a lifestyle deserving of all human beings, everyone having access to education, shelter and food and opportunity to pursue their dreams.

Lets us show Nelson Mandela how much we care for him and how much we value him by following his example and let us all contribute to making a more just and peaceful world.

Together we can achieve anything.

Ndaba Mandela

 

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67 Ways


67 Ways


67 Ways To Change The Bahamas

Think of others

  1. Make a new friend. Get to know someone from a different cultural background. Only through mutual understanding can we rid our communities of intolerance and xenophobia.
  2. Read to someone who can’t. Visit a local home for the blind and open up a new world for someone else.
  3. Fix the potholes in your street or neighbourhood.
  4. Help out at the local animal shelter. Dogs without homes still need a walk and a bit of love.
  5. Find out from your local library if it has a story hour and offer to read during it.
  6. Offer to take an elderly neighbour who can’t drive to do their shopping/chores.
  7. Organise a litter cleanup day in your area.
  8. Get a group of people to each knit a square and make a blanket for someone in need.
  9. Volunteer at your police station or local faith-based organisation.
  10. Donate your skills!
  11. If you’re a builder, help build or improve someone’s home.
  12. Help someone to get his/her business off the ground.
  13. Build a website for someone who needs one, or for a cause you think needs the support.
  14. Help someone get a job. Put together and print a CV for them, or help them with their interview skills.
  15. If you’re a lawyer, do some pro bono work for a worthwhile cause or person.
  16. Write to your area councillor about a problem in the area that requires attention, which you, in your personal capacity, are unable to attend to.
  17. Sponsor a group of learners to go to the theatre/zoo.

Help out for good health

  1. Get in touch with your local HIV organisations and find out how you can help.
  2. Help out at your local hospice, as staff members often need as much support as the patients.
  3. Many terminally ill people have no one to speak to. Take a little time to have a chat and bring some sunshine into their lives.
  4. Talk to your friends and family about HIV.
  5. Get tested for HIV and encourage your partner to do so too.
  6. Take a bag full of toys to a local hospital that has a children’s ward.
  7. Take younger members of your family for a walk in the park.
  8. Donate some medical supplies to a local community clinic.
  9. Take someone you know, who can’t afford it, to get their eyes tested or their teeth checked.
  10. Bake something for a support group of your choice.
  11. Start a community garden to encourage healthy eating in your community.
  12. Donate a wheelchair or guide dog, to someone in need.
  13. Create a food parcel and give it to someone in need.

Become an educator

  1. Offer to help out at your local school.
  2. Mentor a school leaver or student in your field of expertise.
  3. Coach one of the extramural activities the school offers. You can also volunteer to coach an extramural activity the school doesn’t offer.
  4. Offer to provide tutoring in a school subject you are good at.
  5. Donate your old computer.
  6. Help maintain the sports fields.
  7. Fix up a classroom by replacing broken windows, doors and light bulbs.
  8. Donate a bag of art supplies.
  9. Teach an adult literacy class.
  10. Paint classrooms and school buildings.
  11. Donate your old textbooks, or any other good books, to a school library.


 

Help those living in poverty

  1. Buy a few blankets, or grab the ones you no longer need from home and give them to someone in need.
  2. Clean out your cupboard and donate the clothes you no longer wear to someone who needs them.
  3. Put together food parcels for a needy family.
  4. Organise a bake sale, car wash or garage sale for charity and donate the proceeds.
  5. To the poorest of the poor, shoes can be a luxury. Don’t hoard them if you don’t wear them. Pass them on!
  6. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen.

Care for the youth

  1. Help at a local children’s home or orphanage.
  2. Help the kids with their studies.
  3. Organise a friendly game of soccer, or sponsor the kids to watch a game at the local stadium.
  4. Coach a sports team and make new friends.
  5. Donate sporting equipment to a children’s shelter.
  6. Donate educational toys and books to a children’s home.
  7. Paint, or repair, infrastructure at an orphanage or youth centre.
  8. Mentor someone. Make time to listen to what the kids have to say and give them good advice.

Treasure the elderly

  1. If you play an instrument, visit your local old-age home and spend an hour playing for the residents and staff.
  2. Learn the story of someone older than you. Too often people forget that the elderly have a wealth of experience and wisdom and, more often than not, an interesting story to tell.
  3. Take an elderly person grocery shopping; they will appreciate your company and assistance.
  4. Take someone’s dog for a walk if they are too frail to do so themselves.
  5. Mow someone’s lawn and help them to fix things around their house.

Look after your environment

  1. If there are no recycling centres in your area, petition your area councillor to provide one.
  2. Donate indigenous trees to beautify neighbourhoods in poorer areas.
  3. Collect old newspapers from a school/community centre/hospital and take them to a recycling centre.
  4. Identify open manhole covers or drains in your area and report them to the local authorities.
  5. Organise the company/school/organisation that you work with to switch off all unnecessary lights and power supplies at night and on weekends.
  6. Engage with people who litter and see if you can convince them of the value of clean surroundings.
  7. Organise to clean up your local park, river, beach, street, town square or sports grounds with a few friends. Our children deserve to grow up in a clean and healthy environment.