67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day and Lead SA event on 10 April 2016 at Nelson Mandela Park
An exciting project which was launched last year will be celebrated on Sunday 10th April. Lead SA was instrumental in facilitating a R14 million anonymous wool donation which saw knitwits new and old, all over the country jumping on the wool wagon to make thousands more blankets for this hugely successful project.
This year it is not only the knitwits who have taken part in this “goodwool” initiative but inmates of the Department of correctional services has been involved and various correctional service facilities around the country have been involved in crocheting blankets from this very warm donated wool, in particular Zonderwater Maximum Security Facility have made nearly 900 blankets for this project
At 7:30am on Sunday the knitwits will gather and will lay out the blankets collected in Gauteng at the Nelson Mandela Park at Steyn City, this will be a “rehearsal’ for the organisations attempt to break another Guinness World Record on the 22 April at Drakenstein Correctional Services facility in Paarl to celebrate Freedom month. The site of Sundays event is where former President Nelson Mandela first broke soil nine years ago and is the same site where his wife Graca Machel recently planted the first tree. This event coincides with International Day of Good Deeds.
Once this record breaking feat is achieved the blankets will be returned to the provinces they came from and distributed to the poor and needy by 67 Blankets. All the donated wool has been tracked and blankets have been tagged so knitters know where their blankets have been handed out.
Knitwits are encouraged to come out for the day which starts at 7:30am and will end at around noon to help lay out the blanket, get a taste of what the rugby field at Drakenstein will look like and of course hand over the last of the Gauteng blankets before they wend their way to the Fairest Cape. Bring a picnic basket, a blanket and the family and enjoy the day.
“We salute the generous wool donor who gave abundantly to the community because it’s these acts of kindness that will take South Africa forward,” said Lead SA.
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We invite media to attend and join us on Sunday, there will be interview and picture opportunities.
Please let us know if you will attend and would like interviews.
Bridget will be on site on Sunday
Bridget van Oerle / Lebo Tumelo
011 673 0264 / 011 477 0923
083 263 6991