A Letter from Nelson Mandela, In MemoriamFormer President of the Republic of South Africa


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Shriver & Kennedy families

Dear Friends,

Our deepest sympathies to both your families and Special Olympics at this difficult time. I believe that whilst we have all lost an inspiring leader, we have not lost her inspiration. Like the Special Olympics atheltes, she was an AMBASSADOR of the greatness of humankind and she inspired us to know that all obstacles to human achievement and progress are surmountable. Her voice will echo each time the oath is recited, her fire will burn each time the flame is list and her legacy will love and grow through every athlete in every competition, daily, around the world. Eunice's association and work with the Nelson Mandela Children's fund will be cherished for a long time to come.

We send you our heartfelt condolences. Be strong!

N R Mandela

About Nelson Mandela, In Memoriam

Nelson Mandela is a former President of South Africa, the first to be elected in a fully representative democratic election, who held office from 1994 Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of the African National Congress's armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe. The South African courts convicted him on charges of sabotage, as well as other crimes committed while he led the movement against apartheid. In accordance with his conviction, Mandela served 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on Robben Island. He is currently a celebrated elder statesman who continues to voice his opinion on topical issues. Official Nelson Mandela Website