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Monday, May 7, 2018


Volunteers for 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day are gathering at the Wimpy at the Pavilion for a scarf-making session on May 15, 2018, from 13h00 to 16h00.

The scarves, which must be crocheted, are being made all over the country in a bid to break the Guinness World Record for the longest scarf in the world.

Individual scarves, which need to be 20cm wide and 150 to 200cm long, will be joined together to make a scarf measuring 27 kilometres, one kilometre for every year that Nelson Mandela spent in prison. After the scarf has been measured by Guinness officials, the individual scarves will be donated to needy people who would otherwise be colder during the winter months.

The current record is held by India with a scarf measuring 14km.

The South African 27km scarf will be laid out for measuring and viewing at the Mandela Capture Site near Howick on July 29, 2018. The deadline for scarves to be handed in for the record attempt is June 24, 2018.

Anyone who can crochet is invited to attend the session. Or if you can't crochet, teachers will be on hand to help. The maximum sized hook that can be used is 6.5mm.

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