Blankets show love

2018-03-07 06:02

The Olesego Children’s Centre in Rocklands, Bloemfontein, has received another shot in the arm in the form of blankets, which will provide comfort for the children housed at the centre.

The generous donation was made by the foundation 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day.

The colourful crocheted blankets were donated on 24 February by the foundation and its associate network, Knitwits.

Carolyn Steyn, founding director of 67 Blankets, said the goodwill gesture was a continued effort to remember former President Nelson Mandela’s spirit of goodwill.

“This year the foundation marks four fabulous years of care, compassion and crocheting with a birthday celebration at the Nelson Mandela Foundation,” said Steyn.

“The blankets were made by someone with love.

“They took their time and passion to help people in good spirit, as shown by Mandela.

“I would like you to know that the blankets you received and take home were made with love.

“Ten years later, when you still have the blanket, you must know that you are still in our hearts.

“You, the children at this centre, are part of our family and we love you.”

Steyn said the initiative was supported by Knitwits, a network of around the country and the world, which encourages people to get their fingers into action, crocheting scarves of 20 cm wide and 150 cm to 200 cm long in a colour of their choice.

“The scarves will be laid out at the Nelson Mandela capture site in Howick on the last weekend of July.

“As with the blankets, the scarves will be donated to those in need this winter,” said Steyn.

“A most special thing has happened.

“When I see the spirit of ubuntu, the sense of community that has grown within our group of Knitwits from all walks of life, from all backgrounds, I’m truly inspired.

“I often see the most unlikely friendships being formed; people who often felt alone suddenly become part of a group, part of a team that helps enrich their lives and the lives of others.

“So many of us find a sense of purpose, of belonging, and I feel blessed to count myself as one of those people,” said Steyn.

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