A Message to Madiba

My Mandela

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Nelson Mandela – a name that sends respect and peace through any human being who hears it.

An unforgettable leader, who continuously fought for what he believed in.

How could anyone not look up to a man like this?

Nelson Mandela has completely changed my view of people. How could one man change so many lives, just by not giving up? He was followed and admired by so many people who believed so strongly in what he fought for. He didn’t stop fighting.

Even when he was supposedly defeated and silenced, he put his people first and motivated them to keep fighting for what they had worked so hard to achieve. He made our country a noticeably better place, and, I believe he saved the world from a few vicious wars that would have occurred in many countries if Apartheid had continued.

I believe that everyone should thank him, as he probably helped you in a way you didn’t even know he did.

He has created peace and respect for diverse people. He has filled many people with care, kindness and different views of the world –  better views.

He has proved to us that we can achieve whatever we work hard enough for. He became a world class and recognized leader, even though he was born in a poor place.

I struggle to actually put my thoughts of Nelson Mandela into words, as it is such an empowering topic to talk about. When I was eight years old, my parents decided to take my friend and I along with them to a fancy, “grown-up,” dinner. We were told to act as politely and respectfully as possible. In the car, on our way to the restaurant, we children were both feeling nervous about this.

My friend turned to me and said, “Just pretend Nelson Mandela is sitting in the chair opposite you, how would you want him to see you behave?” I have never forgotten this statement. As Nelson Mandela said, “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” This sums up his attitude towards everything he did, and this is why, even as a young child, I looked up to him in everything I did.

 

Anna Wellman

I am just a thirteen year old girl, attending Redhill School, who is passionate about caring for those who need it most. It seemed unreal on the day of the phone call, confirming my role as a 2018 Nelson Mandela School SleepOut™ – Empowered by Liliesleaf : For The Tomorrow Trust Ambassador, and to this day, I have still not been able to process this incredible news.