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Tuesday, March 24, 2015


This weekend, Durbanites have a chance to pitch in and help 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day reach its goal of 21,000 handmade blankets by mid-April.

The award-winning campaign will host a Knitathon/Crochetathon this Saturday (March 28, 2015) at Glenwood Village, Moore Road, Glenwood from 10h00 to 13h00. The aim is for participants to make as many 20cm squares as possible to contribute to communal blankets that will be handed out to the less fortunate in time for winter.

Wool, needles and hooks will be on sale upstairs in the Centre at One Stitch at a Time. For those not keen on knitting or crocheting, donations of wool will be gratefully received. Donated wool is given to the many volunteers who cannot afford to purchase yarn themselves, but want to make blankets for this worthy cause.

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day kept over 6,000 people warm last winter (2014), the year of the campaign's inception, but has set itself a far higher target this year -- to keep a lot more people warm in winter, and to break a world record. All blankets collected will be placed at the feet of a giant statue of the late Nelson Mandela and across the lawns of Pretoria's Union Buildings on April 21. Iconic aerial photographs will be taken before the blankets are handed out to beneficiaries.

For more information visit the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day or