Mandela Foundation launches volunteer campaign
23 November 2004

Johannesburg: The Nelson Mandela Foundation has officially launched its 46664 Volunteer Campaign, calling on all South Africans to stand up and be counted in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Building up to World Aids Day, 1 December, the campaign aims to mobilize people to volunteer their time to HIV/AIDS related projects.

Speaking in Johannesburg today, Foundation Chief Executive John Samuel said that the drive was aimed at bringing as many South Africans as possible into the fight against the pandemic.

"We tend to be more concerned about individual projects, and this time we want to work together as a nation. Through the efforts of this campaign we will make a marked difference.

"Instead of just showing that they care, all South Africans need to act. We call on all men and women to stand up and be counted," he said.

Mr Samuel added that although the campaign was aimed at highlighting World Aids Day, it would run for an indefinite period beyond that date.

A hotline number: 08000 46664 will be launched tomorrow to enable all South Africans wishing to participate to volunteer with organizations in their communities.

A website will also be launched on 1 December to provide news on the campaign and share volunteers’ experiences.

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