Mandela Day Sweden,

Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, 2009 via a unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. 

It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”. It is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honor his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.

We are very proud to have launched “Mandela Day Sweden” with the blessings of the South Africa Embassy. We see it as not only an amazing platform to do good but to remind people to be kind, accepting, respectful and help each other.

There is a word in Africa: UBUNTU, meaning “I am because we are”.


This year, we have our first Event and have chosen to raise funds for an organisation called Young Champs ( )

Young Champs -An active start for a better future”

Young Champs work for youths’ success in life by offering sports and educational programs.
Young Champs is a place where personal development flourishes, and in the long run builds a stronger society at large.

Sport is a global language and it will create common ground for interacting cross-cultural, building bridges between people and countries. With education, joy of movement, curiosity and friendship the possibilities are endless. An active start for a better future is the foundation for future doctors, engineers and world champions. Everyone deserves the opportunity to Be a Champ!”

-If we manage to fundraise 50.000 SEK, 170 kids in Kenya gets access to an amazing athletics program.

-If we manage to fundraise 100.000 SEK, we are able to partner with another school in Kenya.

-If we manage to fundraise 200 000 SEK, we take our first step of action in another African country.

Sky is the limit and we have a great amount of ideas, using the global language of sports as a mean of developing people and societies at large.

“Marcus Björke, founder of Young Champs”

The feedback from their current School has been extraordinary, with not only more pupils joining but overall doing much better with the school work. A School that offers sports is something that we (the Western World) take for granted. Young Champs are offering a FUN reason to go to School!

We all know the importance of an active life, especially for young people.

They are well organized to take this program to other Schools and other Countries, currently they in talks with: Botswana, South Africa, Gambia and Ethiopia.

We want to see that happen! We want to make sure that Young Champs can help the kids already in School, to go further in life through sports.

Be a part of our mission!

 Mandela Day Needs Your Help.

If you have any questions for Young Champs, please contact:

Marcus Björke- [email protected]

If you have any question regarding Mandela Day Sweden, please contact:

Frida Hultén-

Thank you!