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 6th July at identified sites around the country from 2:30pm 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.
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 hand-made 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;