We begin the Rotaract year still high off the celebrations at our 2015 District 7020 Conference and another successful Rotaract year. Newly elected and re-elected officers are pumped for the great fellowships, friendships and adventures that lies ahead. As we part with those that have joined the ranks of the Rotaract Alumni and welcome the newbies, bubbling over with fresh-faced youthful exuberance, NKRC starts the year centered on our mission of, ‘selfless service’. We are reminded of the reason we offer such selfless service by a life that personifies ‘Service above Self’, Nelson Madiba Mandela. As we start the Rotaract year it is only fitting we pause to honour the life of an extraordinary individual we should all aim to exemplify.
Nelson Mandela International Day, July 18th, was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday, in 2009 by unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. Inspired by a call Nelson Mandela had made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices, when he stated that “it is in your hands now”. This day marks more than a celebration of Mandela’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and acts to change the world for the better.
“What count’s in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we make in the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela
On the endless list of things one has and will reap from their Rotaract experience, the ability to Take Action on this call by Mandela, is one of the most enriching experiences. On this day NKRC joins souls all across the world devoted to selfless service under one or more areas of focus: Food Security, Education and Literacy, Shelter and Infrastructure and Service and Volunteerism.
NKRC spent the day with the boys of the Jamaica Christian Boys Home, at 7 Oxford Road; sharing in two areas of focus: Food Security and Service and Volunteerism. We had a mirad of fun activities to keep the boys engaged as we focused on ‘inspiring’ the new generation.
We shared the day with a Counsellor from the South African High Commission, Mr. Philip Riley. He had a fun and interactive presentation; where he educated the boys at the home and NKRC members present of the struggles and triumphs of Mandela.
NKRC Secretary 2015-2016