It all began over a year ago when Tata Madiba's right hand lady, Zelda La Grange, challenged Carolyn Steyn to make 67 blankets for Nelson Mandela Day. Carolyn agreed to the challenge and after much thought realised that she could not manage this mammoth task single-handed, thus calling on some of her friends and celebrities to join her on her mission. Word soon spread and so far over 9000 blankets have been knitted and crocheted with love and given to the needy
This year the aim is 21 000 blankets and a host of well-known faces have already taken up the challenge including Sophie Ndaba; Miss South Africa Ziphozakhe Zokufa; Anele Mdoda; Gareth Cliff; Johnny Clegg; the cast of Generations, Melinda Bam and Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe.
In this 21st year of democracy, South Africans are encouraged to knit or crochet a blanket. These will be spread across the lawns of the Union Buildings in Pretoria at the feet of the Nelson Mandela statue before being donated to charity organisations around the country.
Schools throughout the country are encouraged to take part and could share more than R650 000 in cash prizes with twenty one schools standing a chance to win one of R21 000 prizes sponsored by Cell C.
In addition founder Carolyn Steyn has donated a cash prize of R210 000 in her personal capacity for the participating school who produces the most single bed size blankets.
Ordinary South Africans – from top CEOs, to community leaders and politicians – will be called upon to make their contribution by delivering a blanket or adopting a knitter to do it on their behalf. Corporates are also encouraged to ask their staff to volunteer to produce blankets and provide the yarn and tools to assist them.
Knitters who post a selfie of themselves knitting on 67 Blankets’ social pages could win one of three Amber Gold, Huawei Mate 7 mobile handsets valued at R 6000 each. Post your selfie on @67Blankets and @CellC with the tags #Believe, #EPIC and #67Blankets.
In addition to Cell C, the following organisations have generously supported the campaign: Airlink, Stuttafords Van Lines, Saprotex, Juandre Distributors and Huawei.
It doesn't matter if you are young or old, male or female...everyone need to be part of the Knitwit Revolution. Let's keep South Africa warm stitch by stitch!
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