In recognition of former President Nelson Mandela’s contribution to democracy, racial justice, reconciliation and his service to humanity, the South African Embassy in partnership with the United Nations Information Centre in Moscow, the Russian Federation celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day on Friday, 17 July 2015.
For this year’s celebration the Embassy and the United Nations Information Centre supported the work of the Life Line Fund by collecting donations for Dmitry Sergeev, a four years old boy with congenital heart disease.
Congenital heart defects (CHD) is a large and diverse group of diseases related to anatomical defects of the heart and major blood vessels. Life Line Funds provide assistance with purchasing medical instruments for endovascular surgeries for repair of congenital heart defects for children who are being treated in more than 50 Russian hospitals. The list is constantly growing.
In her speech Ambassador Sibanda - Thusi reminded members of the Diplomatic community, International Organisation and partners of the South African Embassy, that Former President Nelson Mandela loved and prioritised children and the most disadvantaged in society as the late President Mandela did everything possible to improve their quality of life. In this regard, Ambassador encouraged members of Diplomatic community, International Organisation and partners of the South African Embassy to participate in this initiative.