Our gift to a great man

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Over the past few days, we’ve been overwhelmed by feelings of sadness and joy as we’ve mourned the loss of an extraordinary man and celebrated his incredible achievements in life.

The 2,400 messages in our book of condolence beautifully express the profound gratitude we all feel for the gift of Nelson Mandela’s time with us. We delivered it to the South African Embassy this morning, where they were met by the South African High Commissioner, who was extremely appreciative of your kind words. Thank you.

Now, we must take time from our remembrances to consider how we can build a future worthy of this great man’s memory. Our duty is clear, and for guidance we must look no further than the words of Mandela himself:

“Our work is for freedom for all … We say tonight, after nearly 90 years of life, it is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”

The loss of one man has left a hole in the fight for equality and justice that must be filled by millions. It’s up to those of us who remain to continue Mandela’s legacy, and for you and me that work starts right here at home.

Today, and every day, we commemorate him in our continued fight for hope, love, tolerance and acceptance. Together, we will realise the just world he always believed possible, and that will be our final gift to honour his service and sacrifice.


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