Sharing warmth through scarves

2019-07-16 06:00
The scarves that were hung in the park. PHOTOS: TIYESE JERANJI

The scarves that were hung in the park. PHOTOS: TIYESE JERANJI

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It is not everyday that you find useful items hanging on trees, but annually on 9 July, the Secret Scarf Mission makes this happen.

Fondly known as the #SSS, knitters for Madiba around the country come out on this day and hang scarves on poles or trees for anyone in need to take it. Now in its sixth year, this initiative keeps growing.

According to the knitters, these handmade scarves are made with love, to keep people warm in winter and are always distributed in July in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July.

This time around Marynardville Park in Wynberg was bright in colour as scarves were hung up in the park for anyone who wanted them. The scarf came with a note attached to it, reading: “I am not lost, if you are cold and need me, please take me.”

One of the ambassadors in Cape Town, Ruth Ely says they have been working secretly on these scarves so that they will be able to hand them out on this day. “This is not necessarily for the homeless but anyone that needs a scarf. Even if it was not for them, they are able to fetch it for someone they think is deserving of a scarf,” she says.

With other people passing by who are unsure about what to do, they were told to take a scarf if they needed it or take it to someone in need. One of the people who took a scarf was Mohamed Ghowglay from Parkwood who said he is taking the scarf for his mother. “She is going to love this scarf, the colours on this scarf are her colours,” he said.

Tokai resident Leigh King came to drop off a scarf she had made. “I’m very new to this, I started knitting to help my daughter. I could have gone to buy a scarf but I preferred to do it myself to pour my heart and love on it. I know it is warm because I felt the warmth while it was on my lap when I was knitting. I hope it will keep someone warm out there,” she says.

Ely says they also hold knitathons in different areas to help people who want to learn crocheting or knitting.V For more information go to or call Ruth Ely on 083 730 9829.


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