Secret scarf mission keeps thousands warm
Johannesburg - It was no ordinary Thursday afternoon in winter, today.
At least 2,000 wooly scarves were knitted by a community of volunteers belonging to the 67 Blankets for Madiba group.
The group planned and successfully orchestrated the supply of warm scarves to anyone in need, complete with notes attached to each one. The group posted on its Facebook group that the mission was a country-wide one.
The volunteers posted that they had spread the winter warmth around Johannesburg's Zoo Lake area, along Jan Smuts Avenue and even the Nelson Mandela Bridge.
The Knitwits -- as the organisation calls themselves -- knitted each scarf personally and then gathered to wrap them around trees. They called the initiative the UnderCover Secret Scarf Operation.
Spokesperson for the group Carolyn Steyn posted: "I take my hats off to you all for your belief and unwavering energy. Today will prove that your efforts have not been in vain. Today your efforts will make a difference in so many lives. Today we will show the world Madiba's dream. A dream of his Rainbow Nation! Today we come together through bright colourful thread. Stitch by stitch we will weave our nation together and warm the hearts and bodies of our people."
The month of July is commonly referred to as Nelson Mandela month, in which people from around the world are called on to help those less fortunate than themselves. On the 18th of July, Madiba would have turned 97-years-old. He died two years in Johannesburg after a long illness. On this day, 67 minutes of our time is dedicated to helping those in need.
Watch the video below to learn more about 67 minutes for Madiba.