Inspired by Mandela, UN staff volunteer
United Nations: From America to Africa, UN workers honoured Nelson Mandela's dedication to public service by volunteering at least 67 minutes of their day one minute for each year of the iconic South African political leader's service – to help make a difference in their communities.
In the spirit of International Nelson Mandela Day to mark the anti-apartheid icon's devotion to public service and human rights, the UN joined a call by the Foundation named for Mandela on his 95th birthday to 'Take Action, Inspire Change' by volunteering 67 minutes to helping others.
In New York, volunteers helped to rebuild houses destroyed in last year's Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach and Far Rockaway, areas that took the brunt of the storm.
Among them, Grece Kaneiya from UN Radio, alongside colleagues and staff of the South African Mission to the UN, sanded the ceiling and walls of a residential home flooded by Hurricane Sandy, prepping it for painting.
"I feel like I was really motivated to go by the message behind the Nelson Mandela International Day – to mark Mandela's 67 years of public service with 67 minutes of helping another person," Kaneiya said.