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67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela ‘Hooked Up’ in the Midlands to spread their blanket warmth
On Sunday 23 April 2017 from 9am to 4pm, 67 Blankets hosted a family “Hook-Up” Day where KnitWits across the country spread their blankets around the various statues of Nelson Mandela in a colourful reminder of Tata Madiba’s legacy.
Founded 3 years ago, by Carolyn Steyn in response to Zelda la Grange’s challenge to knit 67 blankets for Nelson Mandela Day the NPO has grown from 67 blankets to 670 blankets, to a world record breaking 27 000 blankets all donated to those in need. In the process 67 Blankets claimed the Guinness World Record for “Largest Crochet Blanket in the World” in 2015. India made a bid for the title and briefly took it out of South Africa’s hands, but then won it again in 2016 with a blanket measuring over 17 000 square meters.
Families and friends brought their picnic baskets and knitting and crochet blankets to the Fanily Day Hook Up in the KZN Midlands on 23 April 2017 at The Mandela Capture Site, near Howick.
Local Knitwit, Annie Grealy, who spearheads the organisation in the Midlands, said that blankets received today will be gratefully received as the first winter chill sets in – “67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day is determined to keep Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands warm this winter.”