Mandela Mile is a charitable initiative supporting the objectives of the UN Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace (2019-2028) by raising awareness of and participation in International Mandela Day.

Every year on Mandela Day, people everywhere are invited to:

  • Reconnect with their purpose
  • Inspire others to join them
  • Promote good causes
  • Generate impact

When each of us is prepared to step up and go the extra mile for peace, justice, health and equality, together we can go the distance for a freer, fairer and more peaceful world.


The Elders was founded by Nelson Mandela on 18th July 2007 (his 89th birthday) and chaired by Kofi Annan between 2013 and 2018.

In July 2017 The Elders marked their 10 year anniversary by launching a year long #WalkTogether campaign which called for people everywhere to continue Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk To Freedom.

Inspired by this, Mandela Mile launched in July 2018, mobilising thousands of people around the world to join the Elders by ‘going the extra mile for peace, health, justice and equality’.

On 18th August 2018, exactly one month after walking together with fellow Elders, activists, civil society and Sparks of Hope in Johannesburg to mark the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, Kofi Annan passed away.

In his honour, Mandela Mile continues to serve as a living tribute to all those who have dedicated their lives to securing our basic human freedoms.


The below declarations were inspired by the Freedom Charter, which was adopted in 1955 by the Congress of the People in Kliptown, Soweto Township, Johannesburg SA. The Mandela Mile global community is pioneering discussions about what freedoms matter most to people today.

Which of the below declarations resonate most with you?


Shanthi Annan


Rachel Haughey


Geoff Thompson MBE


David Wardrop


Shevanne Helmer


Ben Leon



Mandela Mile is supported entirely by global community contributions. Our core supporters are committed to furthering Mandelaʼs vision of freedom and equality for all. Join them in supporting Mandela Mile and share your legacy message with the world.

For more information on joining our global supporters community and honours list email info@mandelamile.global

“Together we can go the distance for a free, fairer and more peaceful world.”