Mandela Day of Service 2016

Anacostia River Clean Up
Anacostia Park
Saturday, July 16
10am to noon

In honor of Nelson Mandela’s life of service, Path to Greatness partnered with The DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs and The Alice Ferguson Foundation to host a volunteer event to clean the banks of the Anacostia River of trash.

Over 130 volunteers participated.

A blind Howard University student from South Sudan, Mauot, came out to out to volunteer!

At least 20 African countries were represented including Uganda, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Republic of Congo, Gambia, Liberia, Ethiopia and Cameroon. Volunteers from across our local region joined too.

The African drummers “Ni Dembaya” gave an authentic African vibe to Mandela Day, playing for 67 minutes to honor Mandela’s 67 years of public service.

During our cleanup, 1,800 pounds of trash was cleared from our area’s precious resource, the Anacostia River!

Thank you to all of the caring volunteers who came out in the spirit of giving to the community to make a difference!

Thank you to KDF Printing in Landover, MD for the generous donation of the Mandela volunteer Tee shirts! Everyone absolutely loved them!

In one of Mandela’s last speeches, he said, “It is in your hands now to make of this world a better one for all.”

We hear you, Mandela. We’re there.