Anyone who wants to spread some cheer this Christmas and New Year’s Day can do so by donating a wool to a campaign called ‘67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela’.
Founder Carolyn Steyn said: “We launched this campaign almost a year ago with the hope of collecting just 67 blankets to distribute on Nelson Mandela Day in July 2014.
“To my surprise, we managed to collect over 6000 blankets instead, thanks to our global base of loyal supporters or “KnitWits for Madiba” as we like to call ourselves.
“Over the past year, many people have asked me how they could get involved in this incredible initiative, despite the fact that they can’t knit or crochet. We now have a solution.”
The campaign has established drop-off points across the country for wool donations. The wool will then be distributed to knitting enthusiasts and transformed into beautiful blankets for those less fortunate.
There are so many people out there who can and want to knit, but don’t have the resources to do so, she said.
“For example, we have just officially launched the ’67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day’ initiative at the Zonderwater Correctional Centre.
“The prisoners have already crocheted a number of squares for us and are so eager to make thousands more – they just need the materials, he explained.
“That’s where you come in. We hope that in the spirit of Christmas, South Africans will donate generously. We do not accept money and trade only in wool. In fact, we rely on the ‘good wool’ of people.”
Visit www.67blankets.com or call 0617 676767.
Photo: Prisoners at the Zonderwater Correctional Centre in Johannesburg knit blankets for the needy.