Let’s join with Avaaz in honouring Nelson Mandela

As the world mourns Mandela, many are trying to whitewash his legacy, lauding his love, forgiveness and acceptance while ignoring the fiercely principled fight for justice of a man who was on the US government’s terrorism watch list for decades. As world leaders converge for his memorial this week, let’s remember and honour the real Mandela.

 Nelson Mandela was a truly extraordinary human being whose humanity and vision shone through everything he said and did. He was a dedicated warrior for freedom, truth, justice and human rights combined with humility and inspirational vision. As though that were not enough he showed us the power of forgiveness and reconciliation. We must do all we can to fulfill his legacy of hope, peace and public service. We mourn his passing but celebrate and give thanks for his life.

The whitewashed praise is coming thick and fast from leaders that opposed his struggle for freedom, branded him a “terrorist”, and were weak or even complicit in the apartheids of South Africa and of today. This dishonours Mandela’s true legacy and misses the chance for our leaders to face the stark challenge that his life poses to all of us.


Supporting Avaaz

 The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health. 

 The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person. 

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families.

 The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Avaaz as they encompass similar ideals.

 The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Please see our website for more information:



What you can do

To protect Mandela’s legacy, and remind our leaders of it, Avaaz staff have created a huge memorial wall right outside of his house in front of the world’s media and we’re filling it up with hundreds of messages from Avaaz members right now. You can add a message to the global memorial — to express love and gratitude for Mandela’s life, and hope that our leaders will learn from his true legacy.

 We have lost a great inspiration, but Mandela’s message of hope and public service lives within all of us. The United Nations has already declared Mandela’s birthday to be an international day of public service.

 Add your message and pledge to honour his legacy:


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