Candlelight Vigil For Nelson Mandela Tonight

December 13, 2013

[Updated] Preceding Sunday’s ‘National Celebration Of The Life Of Mandela,’ the Chewstick Foundation will be holding a candle light vigil in front of their mural of Nelson Mandela this evening [Dec 13], as a reflection of the power of reconciliation.

The vigil will take place this evening [Dec 13] at 5.30pm for 27 minutes, marking the 27 years Mandela was incarcerated in his native South Africa.

Mandela pic

The mural, featuring a portrait of Mandela and including the famous quote, “It always seems impossible until it’s done,” is a continuation of Chewstick’s Community Art Program, which sees a new mural completed every three to four months.

Bermudians have been visiting the mural throughout the week in order to pay their respects, leaving personal tributes and messages of hope on the wall itself.

Update – Photo from the Vigil:


The former South African President, who was revered around the world for his struggle against apartheid, died on December 5, 2013 at age 95.

On Sunday [Dec 15] a ‘National Celebration of the Life of Nelson Mandela’ will be held at City Hall at 4.00pm. The event is a collaboration of a variety of organizations, and will include contributions from both Premier Craig Cannonier and the Opposition Leader Marc Bean.


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  1. Tough Love says:

    Did they paint over the paintings that were on there before? Will this mural be painted over later as well?

  2. Mazumbo says:

    Nice vigil I’m impressed but what amazes me is that you have some people that would pay tribute to someone who fought for the struggle of his people and yet don’t support the struggle for the people in their own Island???????????????????????

  3. Where were the people? I was somewhat taken aback by seeing such a small turnout of avid supporters of the late Nelson Mandela :-(

  4. watchfuleyes says:

    Mike, really? we are here fighting a Government who won an election on lies, and deceit. So now we are fighting to get jobs that were promised, some of us are fighting in order not to lose our jobs that are being outsourced daily by this Government, we are fighting so our sons, brother, nephews will not have to suffer the loss of their freedom or suffer abuse(allegedly) at the hands of some perverted officers in the regiment. This is our struggle, this is Bermudians’ struggle, where have you been?
    @Mazumbo … exactly, Bermudians don’t have enough passion or stamina to fight for a just cause.

    • Mike Hind says:

      All Governments have won on deceit and lies.

      You’re fighting a party that isn’t yours simply because they aren’t your party.

      • Mazumbo says:

        Evidently your trying to be ignorant to the fact that black people in Bermuda had to fight tooth and nail to be treated as equals to the white regime in this island to get descent wages, reputable positions in jobs, unnecessary profiling, deliberate rejection for opportunities, etc, etc, now maybe it’s not a big thing for you or what Mandela had to endure but that’s the struggle my people had to endure and still trying to maintain in this Island.

        • Mike Hind says:

          Evidently, you are making a lot of assumptions based on my skin colour.