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    Nelson Mandela: Your memories

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    At Nelson Mandela's 46664 Arctic concert in my home town of Tromsø, Norway to raise awareness for HIV/Aids, I was given the great honour of meeting Mr. Mandela at the press conference, as I was presenting & performing at the concert. This is what transpired:
    Me: It's a great honour to meet you Mr. Mandela.
    Mr Mandela: Yes, it's a great honour for a young lady like you to meet me.
    -And then he laughed, and they took our photo.
    When he was in the room, photographers & journalists were all teary eyed & giddy at the same time. Anyone who's ever felt his presence have all experienced the humble and warm feeling it is to be close to him. He could barely see at the time due to his poor eyesight, but he saw us, and felt us all the same, & he made all of us who were in that room feel loved. The best thing we can do now to honour him, would be to continue his legacy: His crusade to end the spread & the devastation of the HIV/Aids virus. If you haven't already, join his 46664 campaign. 46664 was his prison number, & he used it to turn something horrific into something that would bring hope & courage to people. Madiba, we'll miss you. My heart goes out to your family and friends, and to the people of South Africa who have lost a great man today. Let's make sure we continue what he started #46664
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