Diva does it with wool

2016-06-15 06:00
JOHAN FERREIRA, patron and devotee of the 67 Blankets initiative, Sibongile Mngoma, also a musician, with residents of the Jean Webber Home for persons with disabilities in Bloemfontein during the handing over of blankets. The handover was done recently on 27 May. Photo: Teboho Setena

JOHAN FERREIRA, patron and devotee of the 67 Blankets initiative, Sibongile Mngoma, also a musician, with residents of the Jean Webber Home for persons with disabilities in Bloemfontein during the handing over of blankets. The handover was done recently on 27 May. Photo: Teboho Setena

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ICONIC South African soprano Sibongile Mngoma puts her crocheting skill, acquired many years ago from her mother, Grace Mngoma, to good use for charity.

It has enabled the singer to produce 2 500 blankets to voluntarily support the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day initiative which is now celebrated globally.

The singer admitted it had never crossed her mind that one day the skill she had learnt from her mother would be of great value, enabling her to contribute towards a charity aimed at improving people’s lives.

“I’m grateful to my mother’s good legacy,” she said.

The singer prides herself on good life-long lessons and guidance from her mother.

Some (260 blankets) of the 2 500 blankets produced by Mngoma found their way to Bloemfontein, benefiting the Jean Webber Home, housing people with disabilities, the Welbedacht Ouetehuis and Bloem Shelter.

“With more wool available, I made time during my busy schedule of performances. It gives me great pleasure to make a contribution as a servant of the people.”

Mngoma also crochets scarves as part of the initiative.

The singer said she had joined the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day project last year, becoming one of the ambassadors that include Johan Ferreira, a patron and devotee. His involvement spans more than two years.

Ferreira had seen a Facebook post by Carolyn Steyn, founder of the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, challenging people to donate a blanket back in 2014.

“I said I would donate a blanket and right afterwards she appointed me as an ambassador,” said Ferreira.

There are also groups abroad, in America, India, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Cyprus, London and in the Netherlands.

Anchor of Hope, a registered non-profit organisation in Bloemfontein, has helped by transporting the blankets free of charge to various destinations.

Boeta Swart, founder-chairman of Anchor of Hope, said apart from distributing blankets of the 67 Nelson Mandela Day, they were also involved in several local charities.

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