Join the #SSS and help @67Blankets beat the chill #SouthAfrica #Charity


Let’s talk Secret Scarf Shhh…. Mission now!

Time is running out, knitwits and wooligans!! We need your scarves by the end of June.

If you haven’t yet started to knit or crochet your little gift of love and warmth, please do so ASAP!! Remember, if you can’t knit or crochet, you can always sponsor a craft-wise friend or family  member. There is NO SHAME in NOT being handy with the crochet needle!! Just corner your friend, purchase some Charity Wool and set him/her to work. Easy….and you will do your share to keep the people of South Africa nice and cozy this winter.

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If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can visit or complete the contact form below.


CALLING #knitwits for @67Blankets #SSS #Charity #SouthAfrica



The #SSS (Secret Scarf Shhh….Mission) is drawing closer.  Have you started crocheting or knitting your contribution to this cause yet?

Our annual #SSS will take place on 13 July 2017 at 15:00 (3pm). 67 Blankets ambassadors from all over South Africa will summon their volunteers and gather their donated scarves. They will select an area or areas in their towns or cities where people are especially destitute. On 13 July at 3pm, they will gather at a specific point in that area to distribute their collection of scarves among the people as they come home from work.


Image via [Scarve drive in East London – July 2017]

You must keep your eyes peeled, for the country will suddenly be painted all colours of the rainbow. Poles and fences will sprout bright woollen scarves and trees will bear scarf-fruit. Attached to each one will be a personal message from @67Blankets in the language of the area.


To make all this happen, we will obviously need more scarves. You can therefore be of enormous help if you get involved. Whether you donate one scarf or 20, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that your scarf will be a gift to someone who desperately needs to keep warm. Your scarf will show a person that there are actually still people in the world who care about their fellow human beings.

Cannot knit or crochet? No problem. You can donate towards the cause (funds or wool) or you can sponsor a friend or family member who can knit or crochet by purchasing their wool.

Just to encourage you more, I am sharing another scarf pattern today. It may not be such a warm scarf, but when made with thicker wool, perhaps it will do the job.

I give you: The Island Lace Crochet Scarf. Find the pattern here:

REMEMBER: Get in touch or just comment on this post if  you wish to donate or become more involved with the project. Or simply complete the contact form at the bottom of this post.

To find your local ambassador please visit:



SAVE THE DATE! Our 2017 Undercover Scarf Mission…shhh is in two months

Scarf 2017 4

Can you believe it is winter already!! This year is just FLYING past, isn’t it?

Many of you will remember our #ScrarfDrive from last July. Well, the good news is, WERE AT IT AGAIN!! AND…you are invited! Join us on Thursday, 13 July 2017 as we venture out into the community to spread some much needed warmth. We will paint Pretoria red, and pink, and blue, and yellow….all the colors of the rainbow, much like the people of our beautiful country.’

But, before we can do this, we will need LOTS AND LOTS of scarves and wool to make them. If you can knit or crochet, don’t waste another second, get those needles clicking!! If you can’t knit or crochet, you can still donate wool and needles so that others can to the work. With your support we will be able to reach out to those who need help desperately during these bitterly cold months. If you are willing and able to assist us in our efforts, please do not hesitate to email us (click  here) or complete the contact form below.

For more information on how you can get involved with 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, get in touch or visit our website here.

In the meantime, I’m sharing a note from our Queen of Knitwits, Carolyn Steyn, below:

“Dearest KnitWits for Madiba,

We have worked our fingers to the bone making blankets for people less fortunate and for this I extend my most heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you that has already contributed blankets this year.

We are now in the midst of distributions – working with our Ambassadors and KnitWits for Madiba – and STUTTAFORD VAN LINES!!! – handing out our thousands of blankets to orphanages, old aged homes and informal settlements.

Now that our big work has been done for the year, I suggest we all have a nice cup of tea with friends (or in our own quiet time) and CHURN out as many SCARVES as you possibly can for this special day which has become an annual day of giving on the part of our 67 Blankets family.

In parks, around trees, parking metres, lamp posts etc. at the EXACT same time and date – ALL around our beautiful country – we will display our scarves (made with love) – each one bearing our special trademark logo and message : “I AM NOT LOST. IF YOU ARE COLD AND NEED ME, PLEASE TAKE ME. LOVE, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day”.

People on their way home, walking to bus stops and taxi ranks from school and work, will be gloriously surprised by our colourful displays and messages of love and warmth.

SO, in the next few days, let’s see just how many SCARVES we can quickly churn out!!!

Please post pictures!!! And let’s get rocking with this project – also not forgetting our #MMM (Massive Mandela Masterpiece)!!! We need all those blankets handed in by December so that South Africa can make HISTORY next year to mark Madiba’s 100th year.

But right now think “SCARVES, SCARVES, SCARVES”!!!!



And there you have it! Looking forward to hearing from you all!

Please complete the contact form below if you wish to support our cause in any way by donating wool, crochet-or knitting needles or if you wish to become more involved with a knitwit-group in your area.

Remember, it’s not WHAT or HOW MUCH, it’s thefact that you DARE TO CARE at all.


**Images via 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day on Facebook.

Don’t Forget! @67Blankets #PortraitBlanket #WoolChallenge #NelsonMandela #YesWeWool

It is leisure time…every one, everywhere in the world is winding down towards the end of the year. Those of you not yet on holiday, will soon be packing bags and heading to your favorite Christmas holiday destination.

I am SO looking forward to this time of rest; 2016 has been one of THOSE years where I just seem to have less and less time and more and more work! Well, you know what they say, all work and no play, turns this knitwit into a dull, double-knit grey!

Speaking of grey…..don’t you agree that, with all these empty days stretching in front  of us, we can finally settle down and do what we really love? Aaaah, do I detect some sparkles in those eyes (or is it the crochet hook in my eye?)… You KNOW what I’m talking about! WOOLWORKS!! And the mention of ‘grey’ brought to mind that wool challenge our fearless leader thought up. I know it is silly to ask if you remember it; crocheting and knitting squares in grey, blue, yellow, black and red is all you’ve been doing for the past few months!! Filling your holiday days (that just doesn’t sound right, but you get what I mean) with crochet hook in one hand and a nice cuppa in the other is just the thing to heal a tired, wounded soul after a long, busy year. Now is the time to get clicking and finish your share of this project. You can hand it in during January and pledge another blanket (or six) OR you can throw caution to the wind and start your own project for our blanket drives during the winter months!

Look at this beautiful portrait blanket; now imagine it BIGGER, much BIGGER!!


Just to refresh the old noodle again, you see, us knitwits focus on more important things than memory and brain health and who has the time to jot down notes when you can quickly finish a few rows? Let’s recap:

The Queen of Knitwits, Carolyn Steyn, challenged the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day-family to crochet or knit 1 764 blankets measuring 160cm/160cm before April 2017. To commemorate #23yrsOfFreedom we are planning on creating the #biggestpictureblanket EVER of our beloved #NelsonMandela . The blanket will measure 4515m2 and will be displayed at Steyn City. Do I smell another world record???


Every single one of these blankets will help to keep the less fortunate in South Africa warm next winter.

You can either pledge a blanket or make squares measuring 20cm/20cm in the required colors.

For updates on this project visit our FB page here:

Want more information? Please send an email: click here or get in touch with your local ambassador (visit for ambassadors’ details).





The IHF Pulse is out!! Edition for Friday, March 25, 2016

In this edition:  Articles by @nonprofitsdaily @nonprofitnews24 and more


The official weekly newspaper of the Ilze Halliday Foundation

Published by:

Sharon Halliday Hattingh


 Business World Art & Entertainment Science Leisure Environment #worldwaterday #zikavirus


How to Start Your Own Nonprofit  (Shared by Non-profits Daily) www­.huffingtonpost­.com – Nonprofit organizations often come from the heart. They can begin with a goal of addressing a social or community issue or need. Making money may not be on the priority list. But you can still set …



How the Chicago Charity Challenge Reinvents Corporate Giving (Shared by NonProfitNews24) www­.triplepundit­.com – People want to work for and do business with companies that give to charities, whether in volunteer hours or financial contributions. As a result, corporations are increasingly seeking ways to show…




Denbighshire charity bosses deny pocketing donations meant for homeless veterans – Daily Post (Shared by NonProfitNews24) www­.dailypost­.co­.uk – The bosses of a charity raising money for homeless ex-soldiers have denied pocketing public donations after being arrested as part of a police investigation. Three members of staff of Rhyl-based So…




Nonprofit showcase: Opera Fairbanks (Shared by NonProfitNews24) www­.newsminer­.com – Mission statement: We provide performance, educational and promotional opportunities to Alaskans through the operatic arts. What services or activities do you provide? This is our 10th year of prod..


Read more here….



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How to Pledge a Santa Shoebox and Share A Smile this Christmas

Via @santashoebox on Facebook

Image via Santa Shoebox Project on Facebook

The target = 100 000 boxes; this equals 100 000 smiles and shouts of joy from as many children in South Africa.


At the moment, according to the SSB website 48% of the boxes have been pledged. Month end is coming, so when you do your shopping, just buy an extra something to support this cause and ensure the other 52% of the children don’t go empty-handed. Pledge NOW. Click here.


  1. Visit the website at
  2. Click on the “Click here to Start Pledging button”
  3. Register as a Supporter
  4. Remember to select a drop off point that you can get to on the drop off date (double check your date here:
  5. Select the name and age of a child you’d like to pledge a box for.


All the information you need is on the SSB website and would be available to you as soon as you’ve pledged your child. But here are some tips anyway.

  1. Find a suitable shoebox and cover it (lid and box separate, please) with wrapping paper.
  2. You will receive your Santa Shoebox label with the child’s name and code via e-mail. Print it, cut it out and paste it on the box.
  3. Now you can fill the box with age-appropriate goodies for your selected child (see list of compulsory items below)
  4. Close the lid properly with the help of an elastic band or two.
  5. Keep the box safe until drop-off day in your area and then take it to the appointed venue.
  6. Your child will receive his/her box within a month at a celebration held by Santa Shoebox volunteers at his/her daycare/school/orphanage.


  • Soap and facecloth
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Educational supplies (pens, pencils, coloring books, etc)
  • Something sweet (toffees, gums, marshmallows – not chocolate)
  • Toys
  • Clothing
  • For a detailed brochure, click here.

For any information, please do not hesitate to contact your local SSB-coordinator.

You can click on the image below to visit Santa Shoebox’s ”Handy Downloads App’ on Facebook.

Click on the image to visit SSB’s ”Handy Downloads App” on Facebook.

Take Action – Prioritize Women And Children’s Health in South Africa

Via @SaveChildrenSA

“For the first time in history, we have the opportunity to see a world where every pregnancy is healthy and wanted, where every birth is safe, where every child can survive beyond their 5th birthday, and where all women, children and adolescents are empowered to thrive and realize their full potential.

Great progress has already been achieved. In the past 15 years, maternal mortality reduced by 47% and child mortality declined by 49%. However, we still have a lot of work to do.” [via SaveTheChildrenSA]

You can take action NOW:

Call on the President of South Africa to prioritize the health and wellbeing of women, children and young people

Want more information? Please read the original article here.

Support Save The Children South Africa. Click here.