Many of you will have noted the passing of Nelson Mandela last week. Some will be aware that he was the Patron of the South African Scout Movement.
In April 2004, Mandela was awarded the Africa Elephant Award, the highest Scouting Award given by the Africa Scout Committee, for his commitment to the dignity and freedom of all people, including the development of youth and education.
Mandela said “The international Scout movement is a world leader in youth education, and has particular relevance to the needs of youth in Africa and the emerging democracies around the globe.”
“I am pleased with the progress of Scouting in South Africa, and in the steps which are now being taken to make the programme accessible to more young people. The importance of a high moral code, which is at the foundation of the Scout movement, cannot be stressed too highly.”
Leicester will be celebrating his life with a Freedom Walk and special Vigil Service at Leicester Cathedral on Saturday 14th December. Following the Service there will be refreshments and the public are invited to tie ribbons to St Martins House Christmas Tree. The Walk is expected to leave Nelson Mandela Park at 1400 arriving at Leicester Cathedral for the Service at 1500.
Leicestershire Scouts have been invited to support the event in solidarity with our South African Scout Family. The Cathedral are looking for Explorer Scouts (aged over 16) and Adult volunteers to help marshal members of the public from the Cathedral towards refreshments and the Christmas Tree outside St Martins House.
All sections are welcome to attend the parade and vigil with their groups. There is a request that anyone who attends, attends in uniform to show support for South African Scouts.
If you would like to support the event by helping marshal then please email Sarah by 2pm on Thursday to email@example.com