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Saturday, June 13, 2020


(Scarves ready for collection at Zoo Lake in 2017)

The world is a different place and as we start to leave our homes to cast out into unchartered waters to find the ‘new normal” at work, at schools and in our daily lives we are very aware of how life has changed and now more than ever before people need love, warmth and kindness.

The KnitWits for Madiba are doing what they have done for the last few years, they have picked up needles and hooks and chosen wool of many colours and are crocheting and knitting scarves for people that are desperately going to need them this year, given how the COVID – 19 pandemic has changed so many people’s lives. On July 8, scarves will be distributed at sites around the country for people to take, the handmade scarves are made with love and care to keep people warm in this icy cold.

Says founder of the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela, Carolyn Steyn: “On Wednesday July 8th, we aim to spread joy and warmth all around our beautiful country. Parks and streets will be brightened with our labours of love. Each scarf will have a note attached (in all official languages) reading “I am not lost. If you are cold and need me, please take me. Love, 67 Blankets xxx! This is a fun way to keep our 67 Blankets movement alive”.

This is the 5th year that 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day will host this nationwide initiative and we welcome with gratitude anyone wanting to be involved in making scarves and joining our 67 Blanket community. Ambassadors around the country will co-ordinate the collection of scarves, a list of venues for distribution of scarves will be confirmed.

Contacts for 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day:

Facebook: 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day (South Africa)Twitter: @67blankets

Instagram: @67Blankets

Partners are: The Nelson Mandela Foundation