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18 July 2014

Taalmuseum knit-athon in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day

The Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument in Paarl, in collaboration with the Dorkas and Buzzy Beez Women’s Clubs, presented a knit-athon in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day, on Saturday 12 July.

According to Catherine Snel, Manager of Heritage and Education at the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum, this initiative supported the purpose of Mandela Day to inspire individuals to make the world a better place by spending 67 minute of their time to make a change in someone’s life.

“We wanted to warm the hearts of needy persons by helping them to face the winter with a donation of knitted  scarves, jerseys and blankets. Thirty women attended the knit-athon and knitted scarves and blankets. Those who couldn’t knit, were taught to knit! Our local radio station, Radio KC, also attended and invited their listeners to support the project. We received many donations of knitted items, toys and clothing from the publics,” says Snel.

The items were distibuted to needy adults and children in Drakenstein on Nelson Mandela Day, Friday 18 July. The staff of the ATM visited four organisations, namely the Many Smiles Foundation, Athlone House of Strength (AHOS), Paarl Haven and a crèche. Soup was distributed in the neighbourhood of Chicago. The Ocean Basket restaurant supported the project by donating 67 food parcels to the Paarl Haven.