67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day celebrate their sixth year of knitting the country together in warm displays around the country by creating Magical Moments 4 Mandela. The 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela’s Magical Moments will take place on 31 March, where all blankets made this year will be exhibited and laid out from 9am to 1pm, simultaneously at various venues around the country.
This year’s event will mark a record sixth year since the campaign was started The event will celebrate all the hard work, effort and kindness that “KnitWits for Madiba” around South Africa have put into making their blankets for this worthy cause.
Following the Magical Moments 4 Mandela, the blankets will be distributed to those in need. This year the blankets will be delivered earlier to ensure that recipients are kept warm from the first chilly morning to the last late frost.
In Johannesburg, the blankets will be laid at Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton at both the Nelson Mandela Statue and the newly unveiled 1m-tall replica of the Nelson Mandela Statue, which is located close to the original. The replica is modelled by the original artist and sculptor Kobus Hattingh and designed specifically to allow the visually impaired to experience the statue in their own way. For this 67 Blankets will be working closely with the Johannesburg Society for Blind.
The other gatherings will take place in Cape Town, Pringle Bay, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Durban. KnitWits and anyone donating blankets to this initiative can also hand over their to Ambassadors in the area on the day.
“This responds well to our effort to ensure that Mandela Day action is taken every day. We are delighted that the 67 Blankets Initiative is collecting blankets early this year in preparation for the punishing winter”, says Yase Godlo” Mandela Day Manager at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. “Such Acts of kindness are the reason were am in inspired to do more to impact positively towards people’s lives.”
67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day invite all South Africans to join us on 31 March to celebrate Nelson Mandela. Supporters are encouraged to bring crocheting, knitting; family and friends. At 10am sharp all knitwits and friends gathered at the various 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day sites will sing the National Anthem
“This is the sixth year we will be laying down our beautifully knitted and crocheted blankets. It is incredible to see how this movement has galvanised so many people and communities. Each blanket laid down in these exhibits is a visual reminder of the care and goodwill so many people from South Africa and around the world have for their fellow men and women. Stitch by stitch we keep the legacy of Madiba alive, bringing hope, comfort and warmth to others,” says Carolyn Steyn, founder of the 67 Blankets initiative. She adds “We do not wait until Mandela Day in July to distribute blankets to those in need. We follow the lead from the Nelson Mandela Foundation to make every day a Mandela Day and respond to the needs of the people.
Magical Moments 4 Mandela blanket venues for 31 March 2019
Nelson Mandela Statue, Nelson Mandela Square and at the 1M Mandela Statue, Nelson Mandela Square
Chess Road Field in Rondebosch
Summerstrand – opposite the Marine Hotel grass patch Marine Drive,
Pringle Bay Town Centre
Nelson Mandela Statue at the Union Buildings
Nelson Mandela Statue at Naval Hill
Dome Court, Roof Level, Pavilion Mall
NPO No: 151/362
Partners of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day : Nelson Mandela Foundation, Stuttaford van Lines, Cheeky Media.