With Mandela Day less than a month away, Kate Millman and Matt Casteel, Stop Hunger Now International Program Managers, sat down to chat with two of our Stop Hunger Now hunger champions in the United Kingdom about Nelson Mandela’s legacy.
Nigel Dickie, Director, Corporate & Government Affairs for Kraft Heinz Europe, has championed Stop Hunger Now since 2014. He has been instrumental in facilitating Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events across the United Kingdom, Poland, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain for thousands of Kraft Heinz employees.
Gwyn Williams, Operations Director for Feed The Hungry UK, has partnered with Stop Hunger Now since 2013, along with his team, to assist in the distribution of meals to Burkina Faso, Liberia, Malawi, Nepal, Burundi and Zimbabwe.
Q: What does Nelson Mandela’s legacy mean to you?
A: Dickie: Nelson Mandela was a towering figure. A true hero in our time–a legend, a light and a shining example to all. His legacy is the peaceful South Africa we see today. He was the great unifier. His capacity to forgive was inspirational. He moved the world with his courage and humility. He provided inspiration for the future as powerful as his remarkable achievements during his life.
Williams: Nelson Mandela was an inspirational man of peace that turned South African politics on its head, by seeing the good in situations, in creating avenues of peace and restoration, despite the hardships and suffering that he and most South Africans were subjected to.
Q: Mandela famously challenged future generations by saying “It is in your hands to make our world a better one for all.” How might you answer Mandela’s call?
A: Dickie: Even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference in someone’s life. We can make every day Mandela Day, and we honor him best by giving ourselves to others.
Williams: At Feed the Hungry, in partnership with Stop Hunger Now, we encourage as many people as possible to participate in joining the drive to end world hunger. This is how we will make the world a better one for all.
Please visit our Mandela Day page to find out how you can participate, and follow the conversation on social media using the hashtags #MandelaDay and #FollowTheSun.