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.

 

Remember those #bottletops and #breadtags!! @wheelchair4love #SweetheartsFoundation #SouthAfrica

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Are you still collecting those bottletops and breadtags I asked about a while ago?

REMEMBER, it is for a good cause. You may think that your little collection of tops or tags doesn’t make any difference, but it SO does. Recently I picked up breadtags from a lady that has been collecting it for 13 years. What did she hand me? Not a huge box filled with tags, neither a black refuse bag, no, she gave me an ordinary shopping bag, half-filled filled tags. The point is NOT that you give us a truckload of tops and tags, the point is that you actually make an effort to  help at all. Every little bit counts.

And this is what your ‘little bit’ eventually did:

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If you have tags or tops ready for collection or if you need more info, please complete the contact form below and I will be in touch.

Visit the Sweethearts Foundation here.

#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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What are you giving on #MandelaDay2017?

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Tomorrow we celebrate Mandela Day. We remember the remarkable life of a true ‘father of a nation’, our dear Madiba. Despite his passing away, his legacy will live forever in our hearts. A legacy of justice, respect, love, giving, caring, acceptance, decency and gratitude. Quite a mouthful of virtues, but the truth. Always an advocate for the destitute, he set an example for his fellow South Africans and, as indeed for the entire world.

Through him we learned that by reaching out in humility to those in need, even a simple act of  kindness can bring about global change. Whether you touch the life of one or a multitude of lives, it doesn’t matter. The point is, to humbly give, without judgement and prejudice, with love and kindness.

What are you doing this Mandela Day?

If you have NO idea how to be part of the giving spirit tomorrow, allow me to share some ideas.

  • Support The Sweethearts Foundation by collecting 67 bottle tops and tags or spend 67 minutes collecting bottle tops and tags. Visit them here: www.sweetheartsfoundation.org to find your local drop off point.
  • Donate wool to 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, giving our knitwits the means to create blankets, scarves and beanies for those who need something warm during the cold winter months. Find your local ambassador here: www.67blankets.co.za.
  • Purchase a Dignity Pack from Dignity Dreams and help a girl stay in school, despite having her monthly menstruation cycle. Buy one online here.
  • Start filling a shoebox with items needed to bring some joy to a child over the festive season in support of the Santa Shoebox Project. You can pledge your box in September and take it to your local drop-off in October. Find out more about this initiative here.
  • Donate clothes, linen, books, educational supplies, food, blankets, etc to our organization. We will ensure distribution to those whom we support, which includes around 84 facilities in South Africa. (Complete the contact form below.)

Still not sure how to be part of Mandela Day? Well, here are some more ideas:

  • Find an old age home in your community and drop in during the day. Take some snacks if you like. I’m sure some of the elderly will appreciate your company.
  • Know of a needy daycare centre in your area? Pay them a visit and take some sweets for the children. Sit down with them and read a book or play with them for a while.
  • If you know a family in your community is having a tough time making ends meet, why not prepare a meal and drop it off at their house tomorrow?
  • Stop at the robot for a minute and give the beggar in the street a loaf of bread or a sandwich.
  • Give the car guard in the parking lot something to eat and drink.

Remember, it is not WHAT you give, but HOW you give. Give with a spirit of gratitude for the blessings you have received. Give without expecting anything in return.

If you would like to donate to our organization (or need more information on any of the other organizations mentioned above), please complete the contact form below and we will be in touch.

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Help us warm #SouthAfrica. Support the #WinterWarmerProject. #Charity

The fact that we live in South Africa, in a warmer climate with relatively mild winters, doesn’t  mean that we are all comfortable during those long, cold nights. Some areas of our country are known for it’s below freezing temperatures at night. So remember next time while you are sitting in front of the television with a steaming cup of tea, that somewhere close by a baby may be lying on a cold, cement floor, too cold to even cry.

You think I’m exaggerating?

When was the last time that you drove through a township in the middle of winter? Did you notice that many of the residents actually live in shacks? Said shacks often made of flattened cardboard boxes and plastic. Did you see the barefoot children, shivering their way to school? Did you bother to stop and watch the gathering of elderly men around the small fire they made in the metal drum? I guess you didn’t. But no worries, you can just go to your local park. I’m sure you’ll see enough homeless people, huddling together behind a wall, trying to keep warm. Or perhaps you needn’t even leave your home. Just look through the window. How sure are you that your neighbor across the street can afford heating? How sure are you that he or she has something to eat?

Did you know that during 2014 South Australia’s rate of hypothermia related deaths exceeded that of Sweden?  “Most of the deaths from hypothermia in South Australia involved elderly women indoors who were living alone, often with multiple underlying illnesses and limited contact with the outside world. Many of them had been dead for at least a day before they were discovered,’ Professor Byard says. [University of Adelaide: 2014]

This, people, is an unfortunate reality.

Have a look at the symptoms of hypothermia above. Would you want any of your loved ones suffer these? Would you risk them dying because you did nothing to help? Remember, whether a freezing child in a township or an elderly person in town, living in a house, we have a responsibility.

You may think that donating one blanket and a packet of soup will not change anything. You are wrong. Your donation may mean the difference between life and death for someone.

Winter Warmer Project 2017

Please consider supporting our Winter Warmer Project and donate used or new blankets, warm clothes and soup.

Complete the contact form below if you wish to donate or want more information.

  • Donations can be dropped off at our offices in Pretoria or you can e-mail us at: ilzehallidayfoundation.sharon@gmail.com to make arrangements for collection.

SOURCE:

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE2014. Higher rate of hypothermia deaths in SA than in Sweden.  [Web:]  UA  [Date of Access:] June 20, 2017.