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Clarence Seedorf today became the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s latest Legacy Champion
June 5, 2009 – International football star Clarence Seedorf announced at a press conference after a meeting with Nelson Mandela today that he had become the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s latest Legacy Champion.
He joins Patrice Motsepe, Tokyo Sexwale, David Rockefeller, Peggy Dulany and Bill Clinton, who are also members of a select group of philanthropists who are helping to ensure that Mr Mandela’s legacy lives on.
“It’s a very special day,” Seedorf said. “I am making sure that the memory of his work will be an inspiration to the next generation.”
Introducing Seedorf to the media, Nelson Mandela Foundation Chief Executive Officer Achmat Dangor said how proud he was to be able to add another Legacy Champion to the list of those whose donations form the core of the organisation’s sustainability fund.
“Clarence Seedorf can count himself among those who will help ensure that this organisation, founded by Mr Mandela himself in 1999, will become financially independent, ensuring that it continues to promote Madiba’s vision, values and work,” said Dangor.
Seedorf also announced that he would be part of the international Mandela Day, which will be launched on July 18. In recognition of the 67 years Mr Mandela devoted to social justice, Mandela Day – which will not be a public holiday – is a call to people around the world to give 67 minutes of their time to doing good on that day.
“With a little effort we can make a difference. We all know the effort that [Mr Mandela] has made in his life; what’s 67 minutes for us?” Seedorf said.