67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day is an international non-profit organisation founded in South Africa to commemorate the first democratically elected President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day
TypeInternational non-profit organisation
Founded27 January 2014
FounderCarolyn Steyn
Websitehttps://67blankets.co.za/

HistoryEdit

The charity was started in December 2013 when Nelson Mandela's former assistant, Zelda la Grange, challenged Carolyn Steyn to knit 67 blankets to support the annual Mandela Day to be donated to those in need.[1] Mandela Day was declared an annual international day by the United Nations in 2009, in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on the 18th July, being Nelson Mandela's birthday.[2]

In 2015, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day was introduced by the South African Department of Correctional Services as part of an offender rehabilitation programme in South African prisons.[3]

Guinness World RecordsEdit

Since its establishment, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day has set three Guinness World Records, namely:

Other Notable EventsEdit

To commemorate 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day partnered with the Zonderwater Maximum Correctional Centre in Cullinan, South Africa and the South African Department of Correctional Services to produce and display a portrait of Nelson Mandela made up of around 4,000 individual blankets.[7]

In collaboration with the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day attempted to break a Guinness World Record for the most people crocheting in one place simultaneously, in the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg.[8]

On 9 June 2021, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day unveiled its hand-crocheted and knitted Bokke Blanket in honour of the national rugby team, the Springboks, who won the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gules, Nicki. "Prisoners go from crime to crocheting blankets for Madiba". Citypress. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Nelson Mandela International Day". www.un.org. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  3. ^ Wits Justice Project. "Knitting broken lives together stitch by stitch – Wits Justice Project". www.witsjusticeproject.co.za. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  4. ^ "It's official! Mandela blanket a world record". www.iol.co.za. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Largest crochet blanket". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Longest crocheted scarf - team". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  7. ^ "South Africans called to honour Madiba's legacy". SABC News - Breaking news, special reports, world, business, sport coverage of all South African current events. Africa's news leader. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  8. ^ "'KnitWits' smash world record in honour of Mandela". www.iol.co.za. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  9. ^ "67 Blankets initiative unveils big Bokke blanket in Steyn City". Midrand Reporter. 24 June 2021. Retrieved 23 December 2021.