Santa Shoebox Project 2018: Ready, Set, Gooooo!!

@santashoebox #Charity #SouthAfrica #ChristmasGiving

Think I’m crazy?? Talking about Christmas giving this early in the year?? Well, friends and loyal donors, the busy SSB worker bees have not been asleep the past few months.

Can you believe that, ever since this project started, we’ve managed to collect 762 594 boxes! This achievement would have been totally impossible if not for our donors who manage to, year after year, find the time and funds to fill shoeboxes to give to those who have none. YOU DID THIS! Despite a declining economy, despite NOT having time, YOU MANAGED!! So, thank you a thousand times over.

You may find this surprising, but registration for the 2018 project opens in April and already I have more than 40 new facilities lined up in Pretoria alone. I got my first call on New Year’s eve 2017 and the word spread like wildfire in the townships.

You will therefore understand this call for action. If you want to support our project this year, there is simply  no time like the present to start putting together those fillers. Remember the compulsory items:

  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Facecloth and soap
  • A toy
  • Something sweet
  • Educational supplies
  • Clothing

Be on the lookout for end-of-season sales and pounce when you see a special. Purchase in bulk and you may be surprised at how many items you have collected come pledging time.

This year, the entire schedule will be changed and you will have to keep your eyes peeled for updates on when to pledge and when to drop off your boxes.

Remember, we aim to eventually reach 1 million children across South Africa and Namibia and YOU can be part of this remarkable moment. The moment when the young ones here, on the southern most tip of Africa, can all smile in unison, because someone actually cared enough to pack a gift box for them especially.

Are you ready then? Let’s all join hands in this campaign to bring joy to the littlest angels in our country.

Daycares, orphanages, places of safety and community centres, if you want to become beneficiaries, please make sure you apply online during April.

If you want more information, feel free to visit or complete the contact form below.

Images source: Santa Shoebox Project website: Photo gallery –


Mandela Inspiration: being a visionary


#NelsonMandela #Quote #Vision #ChangingtheWorld

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Inspiring Heights –

Remember our BIG GET2GETHER on March, 9!!

6 March Sat 9 March Event at Chefs

@67blankets #27kmScarf #YesWeWool #PretoriaKnitwits

Yes, you are all invited!!

On Saturday, 9 March 2018, from 10:00 to 12:00, it is open season for all Pretoria Knitwits (and those visiting from other areas) at Chef’s in Garsfontein.

Come and meet our special guest, founder Carolyn Steyn, and have a chat with like minded wooligans about our mutual passion for this cause.

Share patterns and ideas and BE INSPIRED.

R.S.V.P. online here:, send me an e-mail at: or complete the contact form below.


Tops and Tags for Change

@wheelchair4love #topsandtags #charity #southafrica #recycle

Do you still remember to collect your plastic bottle tops and bread tags?? If you’ve gotten a bit lazy at doing so, the video above will remind you the difference that collecting these recyclable items can make in the lives of many disadvantaged people.

What the Sweethearts Foundation does is to collect plastic bottle tops and bread tags from the public and then drop it off at companies who recycle these items. Depending on the recycling company, the Sweethearts receive either funds to purchase a wheelchair or a custom made wheelchair itself.

♥ 450 kg Tops = 1 standard adult wheelchair

♥ 50 kg Tags = 1 standard adult wheelchair

As you can imagine it takes quite a lot of tops and/or tags to reach these target weights. That is where you come in, dear donors. Every single top or tag counts. I recently had a lady who has been collecting bread tags for years, her contribution could fit into a small plastic bag, but it was added to other tags already collected and together it made up about 5kg. I know this is still a ways from the target weight of 50kg for a wheelchair, but obviously we are on our way and, without her contribution, we would not have reached 5kg!

I have a challenge for you. Why don’t you ask your work colleagues to start collecting tops and tags? If you manage to reach the target weight, you can actually apply to have a wheelchair donated to someone of your choice!

There are more ways that you can help the Sweethearts. You can volunteer, become a collection point or donate to the cause. Click here to find out how you can help the foundation.

If you are in need of a wheelchair, you can apply here. Your name will be added to the waiting list as soon as all necessary documentation are in place.

For more information about the Sweethearts Foundation, click here to visit the website.


The Sweethearts Foundation website –

Scarf this!! Wool you join us?

Longest Scarf 1

#27kmScarf #YesWeWool @67blankets

As most of the SA knitwits know, we are attempting to create the longest scarf in the universe. Yes, you read correctly…the-longest-scarf-in-the-universe. Oh, unless some alien nation with a wool fetish managed to do this ten thousand years ago on a planet a million light years from us, but that has nothing to do with us, then, does it?

Here’s the scoop! Our leader, queen of wool, big kahuna, Carolyn Steyn, dreamt up this idea sometime in January. You can read her post on the 67 Blankets Facebook Page here. We are challenging India, who currently holds the ‘Wool Cup’ and the World Record for a scarf of some 14km in length.

Our scarf will measure 27km in length and will be displayed at the Mandela Capture Site in Howick, KZN on Sunday, 29 July 2018. To reach this goal, we will need approximately 14 000 scarves, so obviously we need all the help we can get.

You are therefore invited to join in our attempt by crocheting scarves as quickly as you can!

Here are the rules:

  1. All scarves MUST BE CROCHETED!!!
  2. Use a crochet hook size 6,5mm or smaller.
  3. Size of scarves: 20cm width and 200cm or 150cm length.

What is important to remember is NOT the fact that we will be mentioned in the Guinness World Book of Records, neither is it the fact that we will shatter India’s record and be the winners of the ‘Wool Cup’. All that is just window dressing, the icing on the cake. The MAIN FOCUS of this event is to encourage the people of South Africa to become involved in an enormous effort to show their kindness, love and compassion for the less fortunate of our country. Your scarf will be handed over to someone who needs it desperately, someone who will, under other circumstances, be left without warmth in the harsh winter. With so many scarves collected, can you imagine the impact this will have on communities across South Africa?

Remember, even if you contribute just ONE scarf, it will indeed make a difference. So, people, you are all invited to become part of something great this year. What do you say?

If you need more information, please visit the 67 Blankets website here and find your local ambassador. Get in touch and make a difference.

You can also complete the contact form below and I will get back to you ASAP.


FACEBOOK. 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day (South Africa).

YOUTUBE. Jaco Lotter.

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67 Blankets: #MMM Deadline

@67blankets #MMM #Charity #SouthAfrica #Crocheting #Knitting #YesWeWool

Oh yes, people, the deadline is looming ever closer! All your #MMM-blankets must be handed in by 15 December 2017.

Wondering where we stand ‘blanket wise’? Have a look at the images above. These represent the #MMM stock as on 17 August.

Need I say more? Well, if you cannot properly see the figures in the picture, here it is:

88/964 Grey blankets – still need 876
16/480 Black blankets – still need 464
31/84 Red blankets – still need 53
13/76 Yellow blankets – still need 63
11/84 Blue blankets – still need 73
14/76 Green blankets – still need 62

We will have to get creative at the speed of light NOW if we want to make target by 15 December.

Just to remind you, here is the plan for the blanket itself. Have a look at the colour codes for the wool below.


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)

Look at these beauties that were created by our enthusiastic knitwits:

Head office was also blessed by a financial donation from Telesure. They were able to purchase 5000 balls of grey wool with the funds.


So, my message to you today, if you’ve already finished a few #MMM’s (sounds like candy, doesn’t it?), thank you SO very much for your hard work. If you still plan to contribute a blanket, please start as soon as you can so that you don’t miss the deadline.


If you have any questions, do get in touch with head office via the website: You can also look up your regional ambassador and give him or her a shout. Alternatively,  complete the contact form below and we’ll be in touch ASAP.

Have a greyt day, everyone!!

All images via @67 blankets on FB:

Santa Shoebox Project 2017: less than 2 weeks until pledging opens

#SSB2017 @SantaShoebox #SouthAfrica #Charity #ShareTheJoy

Are you excited yet? This year we hope to share your generous gifts with  more than 100 000 children. Here, in our Pretoria region, our target is 8 500 and in Johannesburg, where the latest ‘flagship drop-off’ will open for business in early November, we are expecting 30 000 boxes.

That is an ENORMOUS amount of shoeboxes and therefore I implore you, as our loyal donors, to open your hearts to make all these little kids happy over the festive season.


The process works as follows:

  1. Visit and register as supporter (or click here to go directly to the log in page).
  2. Once registered, you will be able to find your nearest drop-off and select a child for whom you will pack a shoebox.
  3. You will be sent a label with the child’s name and age, drop-off point and room for you to write your name. Print it out and paste it on your box once you’ve finished decorating or covering it.
  4. You have time until the last weekend in October to purchase items and decorate your box.


  • If you cover your box with wrapping paper, keep the lid and box separately.
  • You may decorate the box any way you want. Visit Santa Shoebox Project on Pinterest for ideas on box art.
  • Cut out the label in such a way that the barcode remains intact
  • Paste it on the box and make sure you’ve written your name on it.
  • You may add a personal letter or Christmas card to the box.
  • The compulsory items are: toothpaste, toothbrush, facecloth, soap, educational supplies, something to eat, educational supplies and clothing.
  • You can add anything you like to fill up your box, but avoid war toys, waterguns, liquids, chocolate and items related to any religion.
  • When you’re done, replace the lid and secure it with two elastic bands.
  • During October/November you can take the box to your local drop off. Check the website for days and times for when your drop off will be open.

If you need any more information, visit the website or complete the contact form below and we will be in touch.