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What an amazing week it was last week culminating in the many Mandela Day initiative that Knit-A-Square took part in, or was associated with, on Friday, 18 July.

I have to mention one of our very special volunteers, Molly, who set a personal goal to make 67 blankets for KAS ahead of Mandela Day using mainly the odd shapes or we have been sent over the last few months.  What Molly managed to create was 67 magnificent blankets - nothing short of amazing.  AND, she achieved her goal, and delivered to KAS one day ahead of her deadline, this magnificent blanket.

Well done Molly!

We had a number of businesses and volunteer groups assisting KAS by sewing together blankets or knitting/crocheting squares on Friday and will no doubt provide feedback on those various initiatives as and when we get the contributions and photos back.

On Friday, Wendy, Lindi and I joined the staff and children of The Sunshine Centre, as well as many members of the Eldorado Park community, to celebrate the memory of Nelson Mandela.  We took blankets, tops, beanies, toys and food for the children based at the centre and added a few extra of each item for Lena, the Principal, to hand to vulnerable children in the area.

 The Sunshine Centre looks after children with a variety of special needs.

There was a wonderful atmosphere with people streaming in to offer their time and to donate goods for their “67 minutes for Mandela” initiatives.  Some teenagers brought along games and were playing with the children; a group of young ladies were preparing a vegetable garden for the school; and one gentleman, in a wheelchair himself, arrived with four brand new wheelchairs for the children.  The list goes on ……

Erin and Hannah visited a new area for KAS – Olievenhoutbosch and distributed to 43 children in this area!