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Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela!

The 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela is being celebrated around Wellington today with education, football, charity and faith.

Nelson Mandela display at Wellington Central Library

Nelson Mandela was born on 18 July 1918. The South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, after spending 27 years in prison.

On his birthday today, local libraries are promoting the message from Mandela that “education is the most powerful weapon to change the world”, with Wellington school holiday programs invited to research the life and times of Nelson Mandela and his impact on society.

From midday at Te Ngākau Civic Square, Capital Football are hosting a friendly soccer game, with donation boxes provided for the public to provide items of winter clothing for a child in need.

This evening, an Interfaith event at Te Wharewaka from 5:30 to 7:00pm will celebrate the life of a man who symbolises courage in the face of conflict and opposition.

Scenes from the friendly soccer game in Te Ngākau Civic Square. Photos by Mark Cubey