22 Aug


#AugustKindnessChallenge #Day19

dAY 19

It is Saturday. You are (hopefully) NOT working, so why don’t you take the time to listen to someone. Ask you spouse or partner about his or her week, or the kids about school. Don’t seem distracted, LISTEN carefully what they say. Be interested, ask questions, discuss problems.

You will be surprised how little time we spend just LISTENING to others. We are so busy with our own thoughts, lives and work that we hear everything in passing. It is as if other people’s words are tuned out, their voices turning into background noise.

Take the time to listen today. You may learn something new or just find comfort in the sense of companionship listening brings. Others will appreciate your attention and it will make them feel you really care and that they are actually important.

Yes, you’re right at guessing that your wide open ears may give someone else’s self esteem a boost.

Enjoy it and remember to share your stories!!!



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.


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!



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



3 Ways for Nonprofits to Engage with the People They Represent

3 Ways for Nonprofits to Engage with the People They Represent

Turn a Nonprofit

  1. Developing a grant proposal? Don’t start writing until you’ve held an open forum for members of the public to voice their ideas, needs, and concerns.
  2. Collect feedback. Use surveys to measure clients’ opinions of the services your organization provides. The Fund for Shared Insight has a request for applications (RFA) out now for Listen for Good (L4G), a grant program that helps nonprofits close the feedback loop with the people they serve.
  3. Make your data visually appealing! Tableau Public is free data-visualization software that allows nonprofits to literally illustrate their impact. Hold public information sessions to discuss your nonprofit’s numbers and services, and request feedback.

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The IHF Pulse, edition for Friday, July 14, 2017 is out!!


Read our weekly collection of articles by: NonProfit News, UNICEF and more.

Some of this week’s highlights include:

2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home, more than twice as many lack safe sanitation | Press centre


5 places where WHO needs more emergencies funding to help people now

There are also a wonderful collection of photographs and video’s.

Read the paper here.

@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.


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:


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



Remember our #WinterWarmerProject!! You have time until 30 June to donate blankets and soup (or warm clothing).
Please help us keep #Pretoria warm this winter!

The Ilze Halliday Foundation

Winter Warmer Project 2017

The winter has arrived in South Africa and all over the country we are unpacking our electric blankets, heaters and scores of warm, fluffy throws. We gather in front of the fire at night with our fingers folded around warm mugs of soup and hot chocolate, comfortable in the knowledge that our beds will be warm and our sleep peaceful.

Unfortunately there are plenty individuals in the community who simply do not have this privilege. They have no warm fires, soup or hot chocolate, much less soft blankets to cover them during those bitter cold nights.

I therefore ask you to support our project this winter. The blankets and soup we collect will be handed out to the homeless in the Northern suburbs of Pretoria. We will also share with Lethabong Daycare Centre and Thlokomelang Community Centre for the Aged in Mabopane.

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