67 Blankets


If you’ve spotted some lost scarves in the Sandton area, they might just be waiting to be found thanks to 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day.


  • The annual Secret Scarves Mission, now in its 6th year, has thousands of scarves ready to distribute countrywide.
  • With many awards won and world records broken 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day celebrates its 7th birthday this year.
  • In 2016, 67 Blankets registered a number of accolades which, amongst others, included the world’s biggest blanket at Drakenstein Correctional Centre as certified by the Guinness World Records.
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The Rosebank Union Church, on corner William Nicol and St Andrews Road in Hurlingham, Sandton, has become the scene of beautiful scarves draped on trees and poles.


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Former president Thabo Mbeki and 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day Founder, Carolyn Steyn at the ‘2021 #BokkeBlanket Reveal’ at Steyn City School, Steyn City. Image: The Sandton Times

Nothing can keep a 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day KnitWit down, despite months of lockdown. KnitWits around the country have been busy crocheting and knitting blankets and scarves to keep many others warm this winter and today, distributed some of these unique creations in secret and socially distanced.


The KnitWits have once again risen to the challenge by hand-making thousands of spectacular, colourful scarves, freely available to be taken by any passer-by. As always, a love note is attached, reading ‘I am not lost. If you are cold and need me, please take me. Love, 67 Blankets xxx’ is included.


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In 2020, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day’s Carolyn Steyn challenged new and long-term committed KnitWits to keep their fingers moving as they whiled away the long socially distanced hours. Image: The Sandton Times

The KnitWits are incredible. Despite the lockdown and the challenges people are experiencing, thousands of scarves have been made for this eagerly anticipated event countrywide on the 19th of August. Sadly, we could not distribute in July on Mandela Day but for us, every day is a Mandela Day. I cannot wait to see the joy these labours of love will bring to so many.

// 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day Founder, Carolyn Steyn


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