Mandela speaks to the Children

Toronto, Ontario

September 30, 1998


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Mandela speaks to the Children
dated September 30, 1998 

Toronto, ON

Over 40 thousand children welcomed South African President Nelson Mandela as he entered the SkyDome in Toronto.
They were there to help launch the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund In Canada to raise money to help the children of South Africa. The CBC televised the event live across Canada.

Nelson Mandela
President of South Africa
"The greatest joy has been to discover there so many children in the country who care about other children in the world. Children far away from them, whom they have never seen. You have made me feel like a young man again with my batteries recharged."

Mandela reminded the children that they are special.

Nelson Mandela
President of South Africa
"As future leaders you will take over from the older generation to which I belong. You face even greater challenges. For though the world has made much progress in the 20th Century the lives of much of humanity is still blighted by poverty, violence, hunger, disease and environmental damage. All this can be changed if ordinary people like you and me act together."

Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Ontario Premier welcomed President Mandela. The school children made their own political statement when Harris tried to speak.
The CAW was one of the major sponsors of the Mandela and The Children event. National President Buzz Hargrove said it was money well spent

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"This is what globalization should be all about, people of the world, children of the world coming together to look at how we help children who are less fortunate than the children of Canada, and to help those living in poverty in the world, including in our own country. This really has been a wonderful day."

Hargrove said Nelson Mandela has set a standard for the world.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"His commitment to the world community, the idea that he has spent all this time in jail and has come out and not be bitter and really talk about building a non racial society, a society that respects all of its people. He understands, unlike the government of Ontario, that the future of our country, the future of the world depends on how we treat our children. "


CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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