Sunderland to host 'Nelson Mandela Day' when United come to visit
19:54 GMT, 28 February 2013
20:33 GMT, 28 February 2013
Sunderland have become the first English football team to set up a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Sunderland, who this season started a new sponsorship deal with Invest In Africa, will support a number of fundraising initiatives on behalf of the Foundation.
The March 30 fixture against Manchester United has been designated ‘Nelson Mandela Day’ at the Stadium of Light.
International: At the start of the season Sunderland announced they were to be sponsored by Invest In Africa
Vice chairman, David Miliband, said: 'There is no more iconic figure in the world today than Nelson Mandela.
'His values of equality, justice and reconciliation are the inspiration to millions and this partnership is a wonderful symbol for Sunderland in Africa and a huge honour for our football club.
'As a club which prides itself on its commitment to charitable work, to the community as a whole through our own Foundation of Light, and to the pursuit of excellence in all we do, we see tremendous potential in working with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.'
Key: The match may be crucial in Sunderland's fight against the drop