Secret scarf mission for Grahamstown this week


This week Grahamstown joins Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Boksburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, White River, Thoyando, Franschhoek, Cape Town and Durban in an extraordinary mission to keep people warm this winter.

South Africa’s KnitWits are churning out numerous scarves for the 67 Blankets Secret Scarves Shhh…!! Mission or popularly known as SSS. The nationwide wool mission will culminate on the 13 July at 3pm, with thousands of scarves being tied to trees for people in need to take at various spots across the country.

In Grahamstown, around 300 colourful scarves will be hung up in Church Square and at the Kingswood College circle, in a campaign co-ordinated by the Rhodes Business School.

Carolyn Steyn, founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day said, “Our 67 Blankets ambassadors throughout South Africa have each been receiving enough wool to knit around 160 scarves. So KnitWits must please get in touch with their local ambassadors for their wool and get knitting because it’s a race to the very last stitch.”

And it’s all been made possible thanks to Blue Label Yarns. “The wool company has once again come to our aid and is providing our 67 Blanket KnitWits with massive amounts of beautiful, bright, colourful, thick wool,” says Steyn,

KnitWits are encouraged to take photos of their finished scarves and post them on the 67 Blankets Facebook page.

Each scarf will have the special 67 Blankets trademark satin label sewn onto it and a special message attached which reads “I AM NOT LOST. IF YOU ARE COLD AND NEED ME, PLEASE TAKE ME. LOVE, 67 BLANKETS FOR NELSON MANDELA DAY”.

Rocco Olivier and Margarida Fernandes of Stuttaford Van Lines are continuing their “goodwool” by transporting the Blue Label yarns across the country as part of their partnership with 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day.

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