A Reminder: #MMM – Massive Mandela Masterpiece

 

You’ve heard about this before, I know, but I am now REMINDING you that time is CRUCIAL!! If you want to get involved in this project, the time is NOW!

Perhaps you will remember our record a few years back, when we laid out blankets, received from far and wide, at Drakenstein Correctional Centre in Paarl. A massive 10 324 blankets covered an area of 17 181 sqm and we slammed the world record. Phew, what a wonderful day that was. You can read the article here.

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Image via SABC News.

Next year, however, we aim to make THE LARGEST PORTRAIT BLANKET IN THE WORLD!!!!! Our #MMM (Massive Madiba Masterpiece).

The idea is to lay out the blanket on 24 April 2018 to mark 24 years of democracy. The residents at Zonderwater Correctional Centre in Cullinan is on board to help us create enough squares and blankets to achieve our goal of 1 764 blankets. This portrait blanket will measure 4 515sqm and special permission has been granted from Correctional Services to photograph it from the air. Can you IMAGINE how amazing that will be?

I’ve also heard whispers that management is trying to convince space authorities to get us a glimpse of this masterpiece from space! So, let’s hope and pray they are successful, because THAT will truly be remarkable.

The blanket will consist of:

964 Grey blankets
480 Black blankets
84 Red blankets
76 Yellow blankets
84 Blue blankets
76 Green blankets

Each blanket must measure exactly 160cm/160cm or, if you are making squares: 20cm/20cm.

You can either knit or crochet, but your measurements MUST be exact, as each blanket will become a  ‘pixel’ in the photograph.

The wool we use is Pullskein DK & Charity DK. The colour codes are as follows:

Light Grey (59) & Silver Grey (011)
Black (01) & Black (017)
Red (13) & Red (136)
Yellow (62) & Bright Yellow (138)
Royal Blue (05) & Royal Blue (008)
Bright Green (63) & Emerald Green (022)

Our Chief Knitwit, Carolyn Steyn encourages us all to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime event. This is your chance to make a difference and DO something that can change the world. She says: “Long live the Knitting Revolution for Madiba!!!! Let’s ROCK this project for the entire world to witness how we are keeping the legacy of our late great father of our nation, Tata Madiba (and the ideals for which he stood) alive with each and every stitch we make with our own two hands.” [Facebook]

So, have you decided yet? Are you going to make a grey blanket or two, or six??? Visit www.67blankets.co.za and pledge your blanket. You can also drop in on our Facebook Page or contact your local ambassador for more info. (Find your local ambassador here.)

Alternatively, complete the contact form below and I will get back to you ASAP.

Keep in mind that you need not do the crocheting or knitting yourself. Many people can’t, but that doesn’t mean you cannot pledge a blanket or squares. You can sponsor someone (a friend, family member, lady at your local old age home) by purchasing the wool and having her or him do the work. You can ALSO just donate the needed wool and drop it off at your local ambassador.

Come on, people, let’s DO this!

 

SOURCES:

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela (South Africa). 2017. Posted by: Carolyn Steyn on Facebook. THE LARGEST PORTRAIT BLANKET IN THE WORLD!!!!! [Web:] bit.ly/2vFhkjr

SABC News. 2016. Article by: Lebo Tshangela. 67 Blankets founder ‘euphoric’ after setting Guinness World Record. [Web:] bit.ly/2w9V9Uw

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Santa Shoebox Project 2017: are you joining us? @santashoebox

Oh yes, people, it is THAT time of year again! I can’t believe it, you know. It seems like Christmas 2016 was just yesterday. But, as they say, time waits for no one.

Are you going to be part of the Santa Shoebox movement this year? If not, I want to challenge you to pledge at least ONE box or give a donation of fillers (I’ll tell you all about that later in this post).

Officially pledging opens on 1 September, but that does not mean you cannot start collecting items for your box NOW.

And while you’re at it, why not encourage your colleagues or business to do a bulk pledge!! You can get in touch with one of our representatives (see here) and even join the team on celebration day. NOTHING measures up to the smiles you see on those little faces!

So why not drop in at the website and register (click here). All you need to fill a box are:

  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth brush
  • Bar of soap
  • Wash cloth
  • An outfit of clothing
  • Educational supplies
  • Sweets
  • A toy

Decorate your shoebox and find your local drop-off point here. Bring to us and we’ll do the rest.

If you are not a South African or Namibian resident, but still want to contribute, you can do so by supporting us financially. Click here to find out how.

For more information on the project, please visit the website: www.santashoebox.org.za or complete the contact form below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

 

#Zululand adventurer to run for #charity

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“AFTER his epic 2016 Cape-to-Cairo cycle, St Lucia-based adventurer Gaven Sinclair is once again set to embark on an adventure of a lifetime as he prepares for a trail run covering five southern African countries in 210 days.

While Gaven is an adventurer at heart, his trips are all in the name of charity. His goal is to raise awareness of, and funding for, Missing Children South Africa (MCSA).

Gaven will set off on his unsupported trail run on 1 September from St Lucia, heading towards Mozambique.” [Tamblyn: 2017]

SOURCE:

JOLLY, Tamlyn.  2017.  Zululand adventurer to run across southern Africa for charity. [Web:] Zululand Observer.  [Date of Access: August 2, 107

#PutFoot: new shoes for the children of #SouthAfrica #Charity #NonProfitNews @brand_sa

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Having  heard from the many organizations I support over the years, one of the biggest issues is to get their young charges to school throughout the year. Education is, after all, paramount in securing a better future for these young ones.

One would think that shoes are not important, however, if you have to walk 7km to school and back, it does SO become an issue. Put Foot Foundation wants to change all this.

Look what they have to say: “The organisation believes that shoes are symbolic of pride and give confidence to young people so that they can walk to school in comfort and confidence.

In its mission statement, the organisation explains that “shoes are also a vital protection barrier between our children’s tiny soles and Africa’s rough and unforgiving terrain”. [07/2017]

Read the article and watch more videos taken during their recent ‘Put Foot Rally’ here.

SOURCE:

BRAND SOUTH AFRICA.  2017.  Put Foot is putting African children on the road to success with new shoes.  

 

 

@67Blankets for Nelson Mandela #PretoriaKnitwits warm #PretoriaResidents – #RekordNoord #SSS2017 #YesWeWool

Article photo in Rekord North

Image via Rekord Noord: by Corlia Kruger

You may very well remember that the Pretoria branch of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day did their bit of ‘warming the nation’ on Thursday, 13 July 2017.

We managed to gather at three different ‘hotspots’ across the city and decorated trees, fences, lampposts and more with bright and beautiful scarves.

The project was kept a secret until the day and is aptly called the ‘Secret Scarf Shhh…-mission’ or #SSS. The teams gathered in Sinoville, Mabopane and Hazeldean to do their thing and around 160 scarves were handed out to residents.

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Thanks to generous donations from Vaheeda Hassan (Sinoville Fabrics) and Adri de Swardt from Zambesi Retirement Village, our local knitwits (Zambesi Retirement Village, Thlokomelang Community Centre) were able to create the most wonderful scarves in vibrant colours to share with the cold and lonely in our community.

You can read the article in Rekord Noord here.

If you would like to be part of this amazing initiative or if you can contribute to our cause by donating wool or funds for wool purchases, please complete the contact form below and we will be in touch. Note that ‘scrap wool’, left over from your own projects is more than welcome. Let us know if you have some.

For more information, visit 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela’s website.

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@DignityDreams has a new leader #SouthAfrica #MenstrualHealthMatters

Dignity Dreams recently announced that Sharon Gordon will be taking over the reigns after the shocking death of Sandra Millar. She will continue Sandra’s work and, together with the team,  their efforts will honor their late captain by striving to raise awareness about the sensitive subject of menstruation.

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You can contribute to Dignity Dreams via EFT and help them to bring reusable sanitary pads to girls all over South Africa. Have a look at their new banking details below:

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If you have questions, please visit www.dignitydreams.com.

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#SouthAfrica’s first #hemphouse serves the community #Khayelitsha via @BigIssuesA

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Image via The Big Issue

South Africa’s first township hemp house is cool in summer, warm in winter and emits the fragrance of grass and nature.

Read how Yiza Ekhaya Soup Kitchen’s new building is making a difference in the community of Khayelitsha. Click here.

SOURCE:

THE BIG ISSUE.  2017.  The hemp house with heart. [Web:] bit.ly/2tkkSG8 [Date of Access:] 19 June 2017.