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Saturday, August 14, 2021


(67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day - Zoo Lake, 2017)

Nothing can keep a 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day KnitWit down. Despite months of lockdown, KnitWits around the country have been busy crocheting and knitting blankets and scarves to keep many others warm this winter.

Always a highlight, the annual Secret Scarves Mission, now in its 6th year, has thousands of scarves ready to distribute countrywide.

The KnitWits have once again risen to the challenge by hand making thousands of beautiful scarves that will be draped on trees and poles or distributed to various organisations on August 19. A spectacular sight - a rainbow of colourful scarves freely available to be taken by any passer-by. As always, a love note attached, reading “I am not lost. If you are cold and need me, please take me. Love, 67 Blankets xxx”

Says founder Carolyn Steyn: “The KnitWits are incredible. Despite the lockdown and the challenges people are experiencing, thousands of scarves have been made for this eagerly-anticipated event countrywide on the 19th August. Sadly, we could not distribute in July on Mandela Day but for us, every day is a Mandela Day. I cannot wait to see the joy these labours of love will bring to so many.”

Due to Covid regulations, the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day movement will ensure that strict COVID compliance will be adhered to at each location.

The KZN scarves will be distributed direct to needy old age facilities. For more information, contact Sue Eslick on 083 468 1111.

Venues around the country for August 19, 2021, at 14h30:

Johannesburg, Parkview: Zoo Lake – Jan Smuts Ave & Princes of Wales

Mossel Bay: Louis Fourie Road near Agri

Port Elizabeth: Rhodes Street (opposite Engen Garage) Mount Pleasant

Johannesburg, Sandton: Rosebank Union Church cnr William Nicol & St Andrews Rd Hurlingham

Cape Town: La Motte Feeding Scheme I Roberts Vlei Road Bosbou Franschhoek


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