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Celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day at Regent Park
Today marks the former South African president's 95th birthday

Today marks not only Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, but also the fourth Nelson Mandela International Day. The UN-sanctioned holiday pays tribute to the former South African president for the “67 years [he] devoted his life to the service of humanity – as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.”

Mandela will spend his 95th birthday in a hospital in Pretoria, where he’s battling a lung infection in “critical but stable condition, but is responding to treatment.”

The Toronto event will take place from 1:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m outdoors in Regent Park at Nelson Mandela Park Public School (South of 585 Dundas Street East, between River and Parliament Streets). The day will feature a variety of sports, musical, and dance activities open to the public, with a live stream applause ceremony via satellite from various cities around the globe occurring at 1:45 p.m.

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Jeremy Schipper is an intern at Toronto Standard. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeromeoschipps.

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