“Making every day a Mandela Day”

Founder

Carolyn Steyn

Who we are

How can you help?

67 Blankets was started in December of 2013 by Carolyn Steyn in honor of Nelson Mandela Day.

Since inception, 67 Blankets has transformed into what some are calling a ‘movement’ – a movement that has captured the attention of many South African and international celebrities as well as corporates and KnitWits for Madiba in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Cyprus, London, the USA, Ireland, Italy, and India.

In its brief history, the campaign has realized some important milestones. After just nine months, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day won CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR at the South African of the Year Awards in October 2014. On April 21, 2015, to mark 21 years of democracy in South Africa 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day smashed the Guinness World Record for the “The Largest Crochet Blanket in the World” measuring 3,377 square meters at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

How can you help

There are a number of ways in which you can get involved:

  1. By starting to knit or crochet: We accept completed blankets, squares, and scarves.
  2. By donating wool, hooks, and needles: We have many willing people just waiting to make up blankets, but some of these people cannot afford the materials. No donation is too small! There are many people that have the “will but not the wool.”
  3. We do not accept cash donations.
  4. Adopt a knitter: Partner with someone who has the skills but not the means to buy the necessary materials. Schools and old age homes are really good places to support.