Prisoners’ Enormous Blanket Honours Mandela’s Humanitarian Work – We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB

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Hundreds of prisoners have crocheted a 7 000-square metre blanket in honour of late anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela.

The enormous blanket depicts the face of the former president and is made up of more than 3 000 smaller squares. Revealed at the Zonderwater Prison outside Pretoria, the crocheted artwork is meant to mark the centenary of Mandela’s birth this year.

After the launch, the blankets will be reduced to nearly 4 000 smaller blankets and will be distributed to needy South Africans.

Read more about this wonderful project HERE.

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  1. Hilary on July 27, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Hi Michelle – what an amazing enterprise – and how creative … I loved seeing it – and being reminded of Nelson Mandela one hundred years after his birth … cheers Hilary

    • Michelle Wallace on July 28, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      It’s really amazing! A great reminder of one man’s impact on the world!

  2. Belinda Witzenhausen on July 28, 2018 at 12:21 am

    What a great culmination of creativity and craft, honouring such a great humanitarian. Thanks so much for sharing this and for being part of #WATWB!

    • Michelle Wallace on July 28, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks, Belinda! Since thousands of people from South Africa and other countries contributed, it’s also helped to bring people together!

  3. Peter Nena on July 28, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    “stitch by stitch we can put the world together ”
    Indeed true.
    I love the initiative. Rehabilitating the prisoners through arts. And those people are very fine artists.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Michelle Wallace on July 28, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      โ€œStitch by stitch we can put the world together โ€ is a wonderful concept to bear in mind as we strive to make the world a better place.

  4. KL Allendoerfer on July 28, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Thanks for letting us know about this. This is a wonderful topic for WATWB!

  5. Deborah Weber on July 29, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    What an amazing project and uplifting story. I love all the aspects of this – the tribute, the prisoners’ involvement, and the fact the blanket will now go to those in need. How perfect!

    • Michelle Wallace on July 31, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      It’s a wonderful project for a wonderful cause… and it ‘unravels’ towards the perfect conclusion!

  6. Simon Falk on July 30, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Now that is warmth in more ways than one! Thanks for sharing, Michelle.

    • Michelle Wallace on July 31, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      It’s an all-encompassing warmth! On a global scale. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Loni Townsend on July 30, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    That’s a wonderful piece of work!

  8. Vasantha Vivek on July 31, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Wow. This is really amazing. I have known a lot about Mandella while we were there at South Africa. Great to honour him in this way.

    • Michelle Wallace on July 31, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      Hope you enjoyed your visit here, Vasantha. ๐Ÿ™‚

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