Large campaigns such as 67 blankets for Nelson Mandela Day do not want for donations. But their proceeds do not always reach those in most need.
So when the College of Accounting sent out a call to its students and academic and administrative staff in March to donate their time or money to the blanket collecting effort, they had a different goal in mind.
Originally aiming to complete 67 blankets by Mandela Day on 18 July, they extended their challenge to provide for every one of the 81 elderly residents at the GH Starck Centre, an old age home in Hanover Park.
Entire families were called upon, knitting and crocheting relentlessly. Fasting staff members used their lunch hours to knit throughout the month of Ramadan.
“I don’t think any of us expected it to go this big,” said Olivia Europa, administrative officer in the College of Accounting.
Story Kate-Lyn Moore. Photo Michael Hammond.
Caption: (From left) Asia Brey, Eleanor Williams, Eugenica Lodewyks and Olivia Europa of the College of Accounting completed 81 blankets for Mandela Day.
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