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Saturday, July 2, 2022


(17 scarves from Ambassador Franki Hills are just a small portion of the number of scarves made by the Knitwits in KZN to be given to the Gift of the Givers for immediate distribution)

July in South Africa is Nelson Mandela month, a month to celebrate the life and legacy of our former President Nelson Mandela.

For the Knitwits of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela, this means it’s time for secret scarf warmth to be spread. This annual activation, which is in its 7th year, is a colourful and joyous way of spreading “GoodWool”.

This year the Secret Scarf Shhhh – #SSS will take place on Wednesday July 6, 2022, at identified sites around the country from 14h30 onwards.

Following on from the hugely successful Rainbow Nation Blanket of Hope which happened in May this year where over 4500 blankets were given to Gift of the Givers to distribute in KZN, the secret scarf mission continues with the theme of thanking the healthcare workers for their incredible work and sacrifices they made over the last 28 months.

(Scarves collected by Ambassador Sue Eslick)

Says Carolyn Steyn, founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day: “We are so excited that we can all come out after a long lockdown into a changed world and pay tribute to the healthcare workers and continue with the theme of hope for the rainbow nation. I cannot thank our Knitwits enough for their commitment that continues to bring warmth to people across our nation every year. This year we have seen a greater involvement from learners at schools across the country, both at junior and high school levels, which brings a youthful enthusiasm to the blanket family.”

Thousands of scarves have been handmade with care for this initiative, each scarf will have a 67 Blankets label with a special message attached which reads "I AM NOT LOST. IF YOU ARE COLD AND NEED ME, PLEASE TAKE ME. With LOVE, 67 BLANKETS FOR NELSON MANDELA DAY".


The #SSS Secret Scarf Shhhh…. will take place at the following venues across the country, please see below:




Scarves made by KZN Knitwits will be donated straight to Gift of the Givers for immediate distribution.



Helen Joseph Hospital, Perth Rd, Rossmore – main entrance at 15h00

St Teresa’s School: Scarves will be put along Keys Ave at 07h30

Park Care: Escombe Ave, Parktown at 15h00

REEA Epilepsy Centre: Cnr Richmond and Marlboro Avenue, Craighall Park at 15h00


White River:

Rob Ferreira Hospital, Generaal Dan Pienaar Drive, Nelspruit at 15h00



Athlone Street and Buffelsfontein Road, Mount Pleasant Park at 15h00


Cape Town

Lady Michael Day Hospital, Burnham Road, Plumstead at 15h00

Cnr Kromboom Road and Jan Smuts Drive Athlone at 15h00

Belville South Civic Centre and Library: Kasselsvlei Road Belville at 15h00


Mossel Bay:

Kwanonqaba Mall, Adriaan Street entrance at 15h00


For more information follow on:

Facebook: 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day South Africa

IG: @67blankets

Twitter: @67blankets