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Hero inspires youths

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

NELSON Mandela's life was celebrated and appreciated on Sunday evening as members of the public gathered outside the South African High Commission to commemorate his passing.

Organised by Youth Champs for Mental Health (YC4MH), the evening was brought to life with youths and attendees displaying placards with messages of love and peace, complete with lit candles pulsing against the dim sky.

"The vigil was for youths and the public at large to pay tribute to an inspirational leader and a world hero, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela," explained YC4MH vice president Lionel Rogers.

"Many of us were inspired by his teachings and continue to walk in his footsteps and this was a chance to pay homage to a great hero, a hero whose legacy will continue to live on for many generations to come."

Mr Rogers said although they had hoped for a larger turnout, those who participated experienced an evening that would be hard to forget.

"After singing songs of freedom, praying and experience-sharing, many walked away feeling empowered to continue the struggle, to continue the great work this hero started."