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Local News: RYERSON UNIVERSITY PRESENTS A TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA Black Habits Articles Ryerson University is pleased to present, in concert with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (Canada) (NMCF Canada), a special Tribute to Nelson Mandela gala-film screening. On October 17, 2007, the University will host an evening of celebration to mark the achievements of the courageous South African leader and the Children’s Fund he founded. The centrepiece of the event is the Canadian premiere of the Academy Award-nominated do*****entary Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation at 8:00 p.m., at the Ryerson Theatre

A captivating view of the indomitable spirit of one of the world’s most fascinating figures, Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation follows Nelson Mandela from his early days and tribal education to his election as South Africa’s first democratically elected president. Providing insights into his early life, this full-length do*****entary takes viewers through Mandela’s childhood, adolescence, legal career and personal life. Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation is an absorbing look at the life, hardships and fortitude of Mandela the leader, while never forgetting the engaging and charismatic spirit of Mandela the man. The do*****entary captures Mandela’s three priorities and indeed the spirit of the tribute evening: the love of children; the belief in freedom and one person, one vote; and the ideal of forgiveness and reconciliation.

"We were honoured to welcome Dr. Mandela and his wife Graça Machel on campus to receive their honorary degrees from Ryerson University in 2001," said Sheldon Levy, President, Ryerson University. "It is a privilege to host this tribute evening, and to support the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. The future of our country and our world depends on our children: their freedom, their health and their education."

"The extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela is an inspiration to the people of the world. At the age of 89, he continues his volunteer work in support of the Children's Fund that bears his name. We are delighted to share in this Tribute to Nelson Mandela with Ryerson University and raise funds for vulnerable children and youth in South Africa," said Gordon Cressy, President NMCF (Canada).

Hosted by journalist and Ryerson alumna, Suhana Meharchand, the evening will feature the Honorary Patron Lincoln M. Alexander and special guest Sibongile Mkhabela (Bongi), the CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, based in South Africa Bongi, who was imprisoned for protesting the apartheid government as Mandela was, will share with the audience first-hand stories of children in South Africa and the Fund’s mission to aid them. Each person in attendance will receive a free box set including the DVD of the film Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation.

Tickets for the film screening of Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation are $50 and can be purchased through All proceeds go to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (Canada).

This fundraising event is generously supported by the Canadian Auto Workers union, the Toronto Star, BMO Financial Group, Bombardier, South African Airways, Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, and Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association.

Ryerson University is Canada's leader in career-focused education, offering more than 95 PhD, master’s, and undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Arts; the Faculty of Communication & Design; the Faculty of Community Services; the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science; and the Ted Rogers School of Management. Ryerson University has graduate and undergraduate enrolment of 24,000 students. With more than 64,000 registrations annually, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education.

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (Canada) is devoted to bettering the lives of disadvantaged children and youth in South Africa through supporting the programs of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund Programs include Education and Development, Leadership and Excellence, Children and Youth With Disabilities and the Well-being of Children including Goelama, the Fund’s HIV and AIDS program. For additional information, please visit
Posted on Thursday, October 11 @ 00:00:00 UTC by jcohen

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