Warm ges­ture from Claren­don

Go! & Express - - News - SARAH KIN­GON

CLAREN­DON High School knit­ters gath­ered to­gether a to­tal of 104 blan­kets for those in need on Man­dela Day this week. A to­tal of 6533 squares have been knit­ted by pupils and teach­ers, which will be sewn to­gether to cre­ate warm blan­kets.

“We have re­ceived a fan­tas­tic re­sponse to the knit­ting chal­lenge from the girls. I thought two squares per pupil would be what to ex­pect, but we sur­passed that goal in two weeks,” teacher-in­charge Jucintha McVitty Brown said.

Ma­tric pupil Kelsey Sav­age, who is also a Scout, be­gan the cam­paign to knit for Man­dela Day with the sup­port of McVitty Brown in an ef­fort to achieve her Spring­bok scout­ing award.

“I am stunned that we have col­lected 104 blan­kets. That’s 104 peo­ple who are go­ing to keep warm and each square rep­re­sents a Claren­don girl’s time and ef­fort,” Sav­age said.

McVitty Brown shared the in­spi­ra­tion for the knit­ting ef­fort by re­mem­ber­ing the legacy left by the late Nel­son Man­dela in an as­sem­bly on Mon­day.

“We are to con­tinue the work he [Man­dela] started,” McVitty Brown said. She em­pha­sised that over­com­ing poverty should not be seen as a kind ges­ture, but an act of jus­tice.

The knit­ting drive will con­clude at the end of July, when they hope to dou­ble their pre­vi­ous 67 blan­ket goal and stitch to­gether a to­tal of 134 blan­kets. Blan­kets will be handed over to the team from 67 Blan­kets and they will dis­trib­ute to those in need in our area.

To get in­volved with the blan­ket drive, con­tact June Sta­gler from 67 Blan­kets for Man­dela Day on 072-560-7738.

Pic­ture: SARAH KIN­GON

BLAN­KET SUP­PORT: Claren­don High School teach­ers and pupils have knit­ted a to­tal of 104 blan­kets for Man­dela Day. Pic­tured, from left, are teacher-in-charge Jucintha McVitty Brown, Cameron McLaren (knit­ted 550 squares), Amre-Jade Shaw (four blan­kets) and drive or­gan­iser Kelsey Sav­age

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