67 Blankets to crochet up a Guinness record-breaking storm on Mozart’s birthday
It’s a melodic celebration! 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day invites you to join the party at the Linder Auditorium on Sunday 27 January 2019, when the Mozart for Mandela event will see hundreds of “KnitWits for Mandela” embarking on their fifth Guinness World Record attempt in five years. This is to get the most people crocheting in one place simultaneously.
This auspicious day marks not only the birthday of Mozart (born in 1756), but also the fifth birthday of the 67 Blankets initiative, which has won several awards and smashed world records in its desire to continue Madiba’s legacy by keeping thousands of people around the world warm.
“Beautiful music for a beautiful cause, conducted by Maestro Richard Cock - what more could we ask for as a fifth birthday present?” says Carolyn Steyn, founder of the 67 Blankets initiative.
“In the year following the centenary of Madiba’s birth, we are honoured to be continuing with our knitting revolution in his name. 67 Blankets has exceeded our wildest expectations, galvanising communities and bringing joy, hope and comfort to thousands of people around the world. We can’t wait to toast our fifth birthday with yet another world record attempt to the beautiful strains of Mozart!”
Adds Yase Godlo, the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Mandela Day and outreach manager: “We are thrilled to again be partnering with the 67 Blankets initiative, which continues to touch so many lives through the sterling work it does to propagate Madiba’s legacy and live his values of compassion and empathy. As they enter their fifth year and fifth world record attempt, we wish the ‘KnitWits’ well as they again set out to make a concrete difference, stitch by stitch.”
To mark this special occasion, 67 Blankets is inviting you to bring your crochet hook and crocheting (and your love of classical music) to the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg on the day, as together South Africa’s KnitWits set out to crochet away for at least 27 minutes in a bid to clinch yet another world record to add to their arsenal.
When the cymbals clang, everyone has to begin crocheting within the allotted time which is 27 minutes – a minute for every year that Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.
While the KnitWits are crocheting up a storm, maestro Richard Cock will be conducting musicians in performing a selection of exquisite Mozart works to ensure the record attempt is music to all participants’ ears.
This includes Elize Kruger playing one movement of a Mozart piano sonata, a string quartet performing Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and a marimba band adding to the Mozart- and Madiba-inspired merriment.
Richard Cock adds “The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival is extremely excited about teaming up with 67 Blankets for this World Record attempt. JIMF loves getting involved in different things, and when we discovered the synergy between JIMF’s birthday, Mozart’s birthday AND 67 Blankets’ birthday, we just couldn’t resist. We are so looking forward to all the cro(t)cheting on the 27th, and to bringing Mozart’s music to a whole new audience!”
It is important to note that participants need to be seated by 1:30pm, registration starts at 12 noon at The Linder Auditorium and the record attempt begins promptly at 2:15pm. Because the Linder Auditorium’s seating is limited to 1060 people, anyone interested in joining the Mozart for Mandela record attempt must confirm their attendance by emailing email@example.com by Monday 21 January , with the subject line “Mozart for Mandela”.
Participation is free, but 67 Blankets requests participants to bring along cans of non-perishable food to benefit students in need at Wits University. The university is donating the use of the Linder Auditorium on the day, and this donation to the Wits Food Programme is the 67 Blankets founders’ and ambassadors’ and Johannesburg Mozart Festival’s way of expressing their gratitude while helping to ensure that young people are able to study with dignity.
The Wits Citizenship and Community Outreach (WCCO) office operates the Wits Food Programme, which is an institutional response to food insecurity among students at Wits.
The Wits Food Programme is made up of several projects including the: Wits Food Bank, which offers quick relief by distributing food parcels to students. Food parcels comprise non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, tin foods, rice, pasta, noodles, mielie meal etc. The items are acquired through donations from staff, students, public and corporate donations.
Partners: Nelson Mandela Foundation, Stuttaford Van Lines, Cheeky Media
67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day
Johannesburg International Mozart Festival
Twitter : @JoinMozartFest
BRIDGET VAN OERLE / SNEZIWE DUBE
011 673 0264 / 477 0923
THIS is Nelson Mandela's 100th year!!!
What ELSE can we do to make this the most special year to remember our world icon???!!!
We can go for yet another GUINNESS WORLD RECORD of course!!! We can go for the "Longest Crochet Scarf in the World"!!!!!
For the past three years we have churned out THOUSANDS of scarves for our #SSS (Secret Scarves Shhh...) initiative which we do every July during Mandela Month.
INDIA currently holds the record for the Longest Scarf in the World. Why don't we in SOUTH AFRICA beat INDIA in this "WOOL CUP"???!!!!
To pay tribute to our late great father of our nation President Nelson Mandela and to mark his centenary year, we intend to create the "Longest Crochet Scarf in the World".
Every scarf will have our message of love and warmth attached to it, as well as our trademark heart logo - and people walking home from school and work will witness pockets of glorious colour and warmth around lamp posts, railings and trees. And thousands of people who need a little more colour and warmth in their lives will be able to just help themselves to our labours of love.
The measurement for the Longest Scarf currently stands at 14 km. I say - let's do 27 kilometers!!! (One kilometer for every year that Mandela spent behind bars.)
67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day set their sights on breaking a new world record – a 27km Scarf
There is nothing like a warm scarf to keep away the winter chill and this year 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day are ready to tackle the icy weather while breaking yet another world record by crocheting a 27km scarf!
#27KmScarf will take place on 29 July at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick, KwaZulu Natal. It will be a day filled with live entertainment and a brightly coloured supernaturally long scarf.
Over the last couple of months KnitWits around the country have been feverishly crocheting scarves to the exacting standards of the Guinness World Book criteria. Each 20cm x 200cm scarf has been crocheted using a hook size no bigger than 6.5mm. Massive rolls of scarves have been bundled up and ready to be transported to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site where on-site volunteers will loosely stitch the rolls of scarves together to form the one long scarf.
Since the earliest days of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day Stuttaford Van Lines have supported the initiative. Once again they have their engines revving in anticipation of the enormous pile of scarves that not only have to be delivered to Kwazulu Natal, but also collected and returned to all the provinces to be distributed.
“In the year that the Nelson Mandela Foundation celebrates a great milestone in history, 67 Blankets for Mandela Day has brought the understanding of making history with work that will benefit those in need. The many people who have been involved in this project will bring much needed smiles and warmth to so many in these very cold winter days” says Yase Godla, manager of Mandela Day at the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Singing sensation Timothy Moloi will be lending his voice to the event, joined by local musicians including singer-songwriter, author and playwright Audrey Mbuyazi, Flautist Kaolin Thomson Woods leading the Khazimula Orphanage marimba band, the St Johns D.S.G School orchestra and reggae band Undivided Roots. Once again MCC have generously offered their services and will capture this incredible event from the skies using drones and a helicopter.
Without the numerous volunteers and support from companies like Ballid Security Howick, Prosound and KZN Weddings and Functions this event would not be possible.
“We will show the world what we are doing, stitch by stitch, to keep the legacy of our beloved Nelson Mandela alive, by creating blankets and scarves for our fellow brothers, sisters, moms, dads and children who need extra warmth during our cold winter months, ” says Carolyn Steyn, founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day.
“This is going to be a celebration of note. We have achieved Guinness World Records in Pretoria, Cape Town, Johannesburg and now it is time for KZN to feel and experience the excitement and be part of our history as we mark and pay tribute to Madiba in his centenary year,” she adds.
Following the 27KmScarf event the scarves will be transported to all corners of South Africa and distributed to those in need. Although 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day can not guarantee the original scarves will be sent back to the provinces they came from, they do ensure that the same amount of scarves are sent back to be distributed.
Mandela Capture site on the R103 ( Howick / Tweedie off-ramp off the N3). Entrance is free and please bring your own picnic, chairs and picnic blankets. There will be food at the Truth Café.
BRIDGET VAN OERLE AND SNEZIWE DUBE
011 673 0264 /011 477 0923
The #MMM will feature Madiba’s face in black and grey, and the border will consist of blankets knitted in the colours of the South African flag – red, yellow, blue and green.
“We need lots of wool. We need lots of ‘goodwool’.
We need many more South Africans to come on board - to get those needles clicking away and make the “pixel” blankets,”
An initiative linked to Nelson Mandela Day with the aim to keep disadvantaged people warm in winter.