New Delhi: South African High Commission will hold a 94 minutes charity event in the Capital for AIDS victims to mark Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday. The event is to acknowledge Mandela's humanitarian contribution to the world.
The celebration is titled "Nelson Mandela International Day-2012" and will take place at Satyagraha Hall of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti on Wednesday. Sun Foundation, which provides free education to deprived children and is already working for the cause of girl child, will also join the occasion. The foundation also takes care of an old age home in South Africa.
The event at Raj Ghat is of historic importance because Mahatma Gandhi played a vital role in shaping up South Africa's history and for influencing Nelson Mandela, who followed Bapu's concept of non violence in his fight against racial discrimination (apartheid).
South African High Commissioner to India Harris Majeke’s greetings will mark the beginning of the event, followed by a show of 12 minute film on Mandela.
Owing her respect to Nelson Mandela, Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti vice-chairperson said, "He inspired others in so many different countries."
Ms Bhattacharjee, referred Mandela as a rock like figure. She said, "Gandhiji led the wave and Mandela followed him. At a time when the world is embattling violence and terror, his name will always be remembered. He is a great figure who is Gandhian in thought. He successfully fought against apartheid."
A biker's organization, 'Free Souls' will also hold a bike show, "Motor Bikers for Mandela Ride" on the day. The bikers will be escorted by police and will leave for Raj Ghart form the South African High Commission at 5:30 pm. The participants will be requested to donate to the NGO 'Touch of Hope'. The foundation works for HIV/AIDS plight.