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Sunday, July 14, 2019


(Ambassador Michelle Taylor with delighted new scarf owners at St Mary's Hospital)

KZN members of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day joined hundreds of other members across South Africa to spread some winter warmth on July 9, 2019.

For the sixth year in succession, the organisation distributed scarves to those needing some help to keep warm during the cold season. KZN “Knitwits”, as they are known, displayed scarves on the railings outside St. Mary's Hospital in Mariannhill. 

Each scarf had been handmade by Durban members of the organisation, who either knitted or crocheted 300 scarves for this year's Secret Scarf Shhh #SSS mission in the greater Durban area.

 On what was initially a very quiet afternoon at the Hospital, the scarves soon attracted an interested crowd. As word spread, the scarves were quickly snapped up by delighted patients, members of staff and passers-by, all wreathed in smiles. Women who had just given birth or who were visiting the hospital for an ante-natal check-up also received tiny beanies for their new-borns

(A young woman with her baby outside St Mary's Hospital in Mariannhill)

Another event took place at Mudpies at the Bluff on July 13, 2019. Events coming up around Durban include a gathering at the Wimpy, Pavilion (on the Game side) on Thursday July 18 to celebrate Mandela Day from 09h00 to 11h00.

67 Blankets For Nelson Mandela Day handmakes blankets and scarves for the needy throughout the year. If you would like to become involved, email, or visit for contacts details for your nearest Ambassador.

(NB: artSMart Editor Caroline Smart is an Ambassador for 67 Blankets. Contact her on email: