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Nelson Mandela birthday to be honoured at Hyde Park concert (2008)

Nelson Mandela

Story by Jack Foley

NELSON Mandela will be celebrating his 90th birthday in London this summer and hopes, as always, that this will help raise further awareness and funds for his charity 46664 in the campaign to fight HIV and AIDS worldwide.

A special birthday concert takes place in London’s Hyde Park on June 27, 2008, and pre-registration for tickets is now available at www.46664.com

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46664 is an African response to the global HIV AIDS epidemic that invites the whole world to take the fight in hand. It aims to raise awareness overall and educate the younger generations in particular.

By gaining global backing for the cause, the charity hopes to raise funds to directly assist the many HIV AIDS projects it supports.

46664 (or four, double six, six four) was Nelson Mandela’s prison number when he was imprisoned on Robben Island, off Cape Town in South Africa. He was jailed in 1964 for 27 years for leading the liberation movement against apartheid and for his impassioned stance on the rights of everyone to live in freedom. He was prisoner number 466, imprisoned in 1964. The Robben Island prisoners were never referred to by their names, but rather by their numbers and year of imprisonment – hence 46664 was Nelson Mandela’s number.

In his own words, Nelson Mandela commented: “My friends and the charitable organisations that bear my name want to use my 90th birthday year to raise funds to continue our work and so, of course I, want to help them.”

Further details of the Hyde Park concerts will be announced in due course – but the line-up is expected to be spectacular.

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