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Statement from Save the Children Canada's CEO, Patricia Erb Regarding the Loss of Nelson Mandela

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 12/05/13 -- My thoughts go out to the Mandela family and to the people of South Africa today at this time of loss and sadness.

Nelson Mandela was a true personal hero of mine because of his struggle against racism and the evolving reconciliation process of South Africa. I have lived through human rights violations on another continent and know of the value that is placed on those who were part of bringing the injustice to its end. His spirit and determination to help a nation heal and overcome gross injustice has been inspiring to not only me, but many worldwide. During a recent visit many people told me that he would never die. This is true as he has left and imprint through his values and ideals.

Nelson Mandela was a strong supporter of Save the Children and for that we are fortunate. Children and youth were very important to him. He believed in giving them a voice and ensuring they were heard. He knew the power children have.

I believe we have all benefited from Nelson Mandela's strength and will. This is a will we can all push forward. His loss will be deeply felt, but his memory will continue to change the world.

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