Liesl Laurie’s first duty as Miss SA

2015-04-05 06:00

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Liesl Laurie attended her first official engagement yesterday – for the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day knitathon. The campaign aims to collect and distribute knitted blankets to those in need.

Laurie was crowned Miss SA at Sun City last Sunday.

On Saturday, she joined 20 girls from the Hadassah Centre for Women in De Deur, south of Johannesburg, to knit.

The centre helps women between the ages of 18 and 36 who want to overcome various problems, including abuse, drugs and prostitution.

Dressed in a pink pencil skirt matched with a light-pink blouse, Laurie took up the wool and a crochet hook to create a blanket for the initiative.

Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie at the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day Knitathon at Hadassah Centre for Women in De Deur, Meyerton. Picture: Elizabeth Sejake/City Press

“I do have my piece that I knitted at home a long time ago, but it’s not one of the best pieces. I will post it later on my Instagram,” said the 24-year-old.

Laurie was accompanied by her mother, Karen, who also participated in the project.

“South Africa is a country of ubuntu. Looking at each and every girl today makes me proud. These young girls are not defined by their circumstances,” said Liesl Laurie.

Laurie poses with the kids during the Knitathon. Picture: Elizabeth Sejake/City Press

The founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, Carolyn Steyn, said she was honoured that Laurie chose this project as part of her first official duties.

“Madiba has left a legacy. Madiba Magic is in all of us,” Steyn said.

This initiative has become a global movement for over a year and it is supported by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Cell C. On April 21, the blankets will form part of 21 000 blankets that will be laid out at the Union Buildings in Pretoria to mark 21 years of democracy.

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