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BOKKE BAROMETER - 13 April 2021

Capitec makes it easy to spread warmth this coming winter.

One ball of thread and one stitch at a time, Capitec Bank’s Hooked on Helping initiative is knitting away to cover vulnerable people with warm blankets as part of the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day project.

Initially aiming to distribute just 67 hand-knitted blankets to the needy on Mandela Day, the 67 Blankets project was started 7 years ago by philanthropist Carolyn Steyn. It has now grown into an annual record-breaking event that generates warmth for thousands of needy South Africans.

“We have by now distributed more than 67,000 handmade blankets to communities in need in South Africa alone. All made with love, and with the hands of eager knitters,” Steyn says.

Over the past years the Hooked on Helping team, which consists of Capitec employees and other volunteers, kept their needles clinking for the 67 Blankets project. They have also provided hundreds of beautiful, hand-knitted blankets and scarves to the vulnerable people, especially the elderly and children, to give them comfort and hope during the cold months.

Neptal Khoza, head: Corporate Social Investment at Capitec, says the bank supports the Hooked on Helping initiative as it gives their employees an opportunity to volunteer their time and skills for a good cause. Capitec sponsors the wool that these employees use to crochet the blankets that are then donated to 67 Blankets for the benefit of the less fortunate.

Also being a sponsor of 67 Blankets, Capitec now encourages clients and the public to become part of this project by dropping off donations of wool at any of the bank’s branches.

“We invite the public and our clients to join by donating wool the next time they visit one of our branches. Every string of wool donated will contribute towards the making of beautiful blankets that will keep someone warm,” Khoza says.

How to donate

A box for these donations will be placed in each Capitec branch. Balls of wool, knitted squares or blankets, can be left in these boxes during the branch’s operating hours. It can be any colour or type of thread.

All contributions will be allocated to the Hooked on Helping volunteers and 67 Blankets, who are now crocheting blankets for vulnerable children and abused women.

There can be great comfort in being covered with a soft, warm blanket. The donations will help to bring relief from the cold to many vulnerable people, but it can also provide them with some comfort and hope to know they are not forgotten.

Hooked on Helping contact details – hookedonhelping@capitecbank.co.za

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67 BLANKETS FOUNDER HONORED BY GLOBAL AFRICAN AWARDS

67 Blankets Founder and Philanthropist, Carolyn Steyn, is set to receive an honorary Global Impact Award from the Global African Awards (GAA) and will be among the recipients to be announced on 24 March 2021, alongside other African leaders who have made a positive impact in different parts of the world.

The annual international awards brand will be hosting a virtual ceremony on the 24th, with Steyn amongst the notable names who have had a global impact through various initiatives and achievements.

You can watch the ceremony live at 8pm South African time at the following links:

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A Message from our Founder

Hi KnitWits,

Happy New Year and here's to a 2021 filled with colourful blankets, Bokke blankets and scarves - all in the name of Madiba!

A reminder, in case you have not yet done so, to please record your "67 Blankets 7th Birthday Video" and send it to Jaco by WhatsApp. We have extended the deadline until Monday 18 January at noon!!

7 years wow! Can you believe it? Thank you all so much for all that you do in support of this incredible initiative.

xxx

Carolyn

Newsletter 2020

It is that time of the year again - find out what we have been up to in our 2020 newsletter.

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67 Blankets + ABSA


ABSA joins 67 Blankets for the #BokkeBlanket 2021 project.

Have a look at ABSA's history with 67 Blankets thus far:

67 Blankets + Capitec


(Carolyn Steyn - 67 Blankets, Neptal Khoza & Ellen - Ann Finnemore - CSI Capitec, Sandi King - 67 Blankets)

Capitec & 67 Blankets are united in their ‘goodwool’ with the #BokkeBlanket 2021 project.

Capitec have come on board as a sponsor of this nationwide project, we will crochet all the blankets for the Springbok emblem inspired by the Boks’ 2019 Rugby World Cup victory. The massive blanket will be made up of thousands of blankets, which will be distributed to communities in need after the reveal. With these bright and warm threads Capitec will be helping to make a difference “stitch by stitch”

“If Tendai “The Beast” Mtawarira and Victor Matfield can crochet,” so can anyone willing to contribute states: Ellen-Ann Finnemore – CSI Coordinator – Capitec

#strongertogether we will make a difference in 2021

67 Blankets + Stuttafords Van Lines

We are delighted to share that Stuttafords Van Lines and 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day have renewed their collaboration for the 7th year running.

Thank you so much to Stuttafords Van Lines for their much valued support over the past few years and we are excited to keep on spreading 'Good-Wool' with you!

67 Blankets "Big-Ball" Wool

Say goodbye to knotting and joining. Wool has just got bigger, more colourful with less hassle...

67 Blankets is proud to collaborate with Kismet Yarns and lend its name to the ‘big-ball’ wool era. This revolutionary ‘big-ball’ wool is manufactured in Turkey and allows for hassle free continued work, less joining, with vibrant and consistent patterns.
Kismet Yarns are importers of elegant hand knitting yarns with a passion to source inspirational new styles in colour, yarn and design that are enjoyable to knit or crochet. Their years of experience comes with a dedication to the craft and a passion for good quality yarns.

For more information, please click here.
To find out where you can purchase the 'Big-Ball' Wool please click here.

#SSS (Secret Scarf Shhh)

The 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day team is gearing up for their annual Secret Scarf Mission, fondly known as the #SSS, on 8 July 2020.

For more information (including venues), please click here.

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day Magical Moments 4 Mandela goes Virtual on 4th April

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day’s annual event, Magical Moments for Mandela (MM4M)  which was scheduled to take place  on 4th April at various venues across the country was cancelled due to the COVID -19 national lockdown but the good news is, it will now be a virtual Facebook event!

This event which takes place in major cities across the country, showcases handmade blankets that get distributed nationally. While public spaces will not be adorned with colourful blankets this year, blankets that have been knitted or crocheted will still reach those needing warmth during the cold winter months.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have to cancel this event,” says Carolyn Steyn, the Founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day. She added “We could not even contemplate postponing our event as winter is on its way and our blankets (made with love) need to be distributed to those in need.” Steyn has instead decided to keep the 4th April as our MM4M celebration, “but this year,  we will do it ‘virtually’, which is an exciting new idea for us; here we can connect with our KnitWit family via a live Facebook stream from our 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day (South Africa) page.”

“The Coronavirus is a very significant challenge and our lives are all being disrupted and will be for a while. However, we will get through this. Hopefully within a few months a vaccine will be found and life will get back to normal.” she says.

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day which was started in 2013 is now in 2020, considered a ‘movement’. This initiative has captured the hearts, creative spirit and hands of thousands of people, not only in South Africa but across the globe, calling themselves “KnitWits for Madiba”. These are people who join forces by knitting and crocheting blankets and scarves in order to keep those less fortunate, warm during the winter months.

Steyn says that while the public events this year have been cancelled, the ethos and commitment of the project thrives, no matter what: “We will never waver in our efforts to - stitch by stitch - create warmth for thousands upon thousands of people living in dire need for years to come.”

The programme for the MM4M is on Saturday 4th April and one can catch it on the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day (South Africa) Facebook group.

 10:00am Carolyn Steyn will go live on Facebook and invite people to join Timothy Moloi in singing the National Anthem from the comfort of their homes. 

To find out more about the project or to become a KnitWit visit:

Facebook: 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day (South Africa)

Twitter and Instagram: @67blankets

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A note from our founder

Dear 67 Blankets family,

It is with regret that I have to inform you that, despite filing a petition, appealing the decision of Guinness World Records on our ‘Mozart for Mandela’

(The Most People Crocheting Simultaneously) on January 27, 2019 at the Linder Auditorium - we have not succeeded in winning our fifth Guinness World Record.

We worked so very hard on this - appointing a task team to work on the stringent Guinness requirements. The support of our amazing Ambassadors and the participation of 737 people, Richard Cock conducting the orchestra made for an incredibly special day that will be etched in our memories for many years to come.

We have not been able to convince Guinness that we satisfied all the requirements.

You win some. You lose some. And we will not be disheartened.

We continue in our mission to stitch by stitch create warmth for many thousands of people living in need.

Keep up the good work! Onwards and knitwards!

Love,

Carolyn

67 Blankets toasts six years of ‘goodwool’ with the Nelson Mandela Foundation

From humble beginnings to an international movement for “knitting lives together” – that’s what 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day will be looking back on as it celebrates its sixth birthday on 27 January 2020.

KnitWits from around Gauteng will gather at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton on Monday 27 January 2020 at 5pm to toast the legacy and the future of this small social revolution with a big (crocheted) heart.

Looking back on the past six years, during which Guinness World Records have been broken and countless lives warmed through the blankets distributed, founder Carolyn Steyn says: “Who would have thought that what started out six years ago as a simple challenge for me to make 67 blankets by Mandela Day 2014 would change so many lives?

“To think that a simple idea, a ball of wool and a crochet hook would snowball into what many are calling a ‘movement’ – a movement for good and change in this world!”

Steyn says that since 2014, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day has distributed way more than 67 blankets in South Africa alone to those in need – the figure now runs into the tens of thousands.

“We continue to cross borders, knitting lives together and honouring the legacy of our beloved Madiba with each and every stitch we make. Positive change is, quite literally, ‘in our hands’ now.”

Because the initiative was launched on 27 January 2014 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation – just weeks after the passing of Madiba – it is fitting that the Foundation will be the site of the 67 Blankets sixth birthday celebrations.

Yase Godlo, Director of Mandela Day and Outreach at the Foundation, says: “Having grown in leaps and bounds, 67 Blankets for Mandela Day has shown that all communities can work together to build a caring society. This global initiative’s journey of six years has yielded many lessons and achievements, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation is proud to be associated with this Mandela Day initiative.

“We celebrate this anniversary with all the KnitWits and founder Carolyn Steyn, and thank everyone for their contribution in the fight against poverty.”

KnitWits are invited to bring their completed blankets ahead of the cold winter months, and enjoy entertainment from the likes of PJ Powers, Michael Themba and a marimba band, as the legacy of a great man who sparked an award-winning movement is toasted.

To reserve your seat please RSVP to rsvp@buz.co.za by 22 January 2020.

67 Blankets Newsletter - 2019

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67 Blankets Derby

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day will be having their ultra special end of year ‘WRAP PARTY’ on Saturday, October 5th. This event will be taking place in Kyalami from 9am to 2pm - and will be free of charge.

Bring your family, your neighbours, your dogs, your picnic baskets - and your ‘goodwool’. This is also a perfect opportunity to hand in your squares and completed blankets to the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day team.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit our event page on Facebook here.

#SSS (Secret Scarf Shhh)

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day recently carried out their annual Secret Scarf Mission, fondly known as the #SSS.

For more information, please click here.

Press Coverage:

Highway Mail

#Mozart4Mandela

Our #Mozart4Mandela event on the 27th of January went exceptionally well. Now we are waiting on official confirmation from Guinness World Records.

In the meantime here are a few images of the day and some of the press coverage. Watch this space!

Cape Times

News 24

Wits Vuvuzela

Nuusdag Om Agt

Rosebank Killarney Gazette

Good Things Guy

Times Live (Instagram)

The Morning Show

Expresso

Joburg East Express

We requested that participants in #Mozart4Mandela bring along cans of non-perishable food to benefit students in need at Wits University, and as expected we were blown away by the generosity of our knit-wits.

67 Blankets Newsletter - December 2018

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SABC News Coverage of #MMM

Mrs. Graca Machel Speech #MMM

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67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day Anthem