As the lockdown lingers and winter begins to bite, South Africans who find themselves in need will require warmth and kindness more than ever.
The KnitWits for Madiba are doing what they have done for some years now – picking up needles, crochet hooks and wool to knit and crochet scarves for people who will desperately need them this winter, especially considering the extent to which the coronavirus pandemic has affected many people’s lives.
Handmade scarves will be distributed around the country on July 8 for people to take as they need.
“On Wednesday July 8, we aim to spread joy and warmth all around our beautiful country,” says philanthropist Carolyn Steyn Parks, founder of the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day initiative.
“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 fifth year 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day will host the nationwide initiative.
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Dear KnitWits for Madiba, Let’s see how many scarves we can all churn out today!! Our SECRET SCARVES SHH..!! event will take place all around our beautiful country on Wednesday July 8th. (Locations to be announced soon.) We need your scarves by June 30th!!! (So just over two weeks to go.) And today is International Knit in Public Day. So please post photos of the scarves you are making on FB and Instagram @67blankets and you will be eligible for a prize! Love, Carolyn 🧣🧶🧣🧶🧣🧶🧣🧶 Please SHARE this post far and wide!! ❤️
“We welcome with gratitude anyone wanting to be involved in making scarves and joining our 67 Blanket community.”
Ambassadors will co-ordinate the collection of scarves around the country, with the venues for distribution of scarves to be confirmed closer to the time.
For more information, visit 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day (South Africa) on Facebook.