Dr Precious accepts 67 blanket challenge

Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, co-Chairperson of the Motsepe Foundation, has accepted the challenge to participate in the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day project.

Other celebrities who have accepted include Sophie Ndaba, Miss South Africa Ziphozakhe Zokufa, Anele Mdoda, Gareth Cliff; Johnny Clegg, and Melinda Bam, according to the organisers.

The project calls on South Africans to knit or crochet a blanket for the Nelson Mandela Day. The project has announced the launch of its drive to produce 21 000 blankets by 21 April. South Africans have been asked to adopt a knitter, or knit their own blankets for the project. The blankets will be spread across the lawns of the Union Buildings in Pretoria at the feet of the Nelson Mandela statue before being donated to charity organisations around the country.

According to the organisers, they aim to celebrate the 21st anniversary of democracy on 27 April by having this blanket drive.

“This year, on 21 April, to celebrate the 21st anniversary of our democracy on April 27, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela, supported by Cell C (we ) would like to achieve a collection drive of epic proportions. The aim is to rally the nation to knit or crochet and donate thousands of blankets,” the organisers say.

Founder of the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, Carolyn Steyn said, “The good corporate citizenship of Cell C, who have come out in support of the project, will go a long way to supporting the vision of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day. We also encourage South African businesses throughout the country to get behind this campaign and ensure that we continue to live the Nelson Mandela legacy.”

Schools throughout the country are encouraged to take part and could win a share of the more than R650 000 in cash prizes.

The first 21 schools stand in line to win one of R21 000 prizes sponsored by Cell C.

Top CEOs and community leaders and politicians have been invited to make their contribution by delivering a blanket or adopting a knitter to do it on their behalf. Corporates are also encouraged to ask their staff to volunteer to produce blankets and provide the yarn and tools to assist them.