67 Blankets for Mandela was founded by Carolyn Steyn in 2013, but it’s the story of how it keeps growing that makes this journey so absolutely incredible!


In 2013, she was hosting a birthday lunch for her husband, the insurance entrepreneur Douw Steyn, and one of the guests was Zelda La Grange, who was for many years the personal assistant of Nelson Mandela.

From a casual chat on that day, came the inspiration for an idea that has since turned into a global phenomenon of goodwill and positive change: 67 Blankets for Mandela. Stitch by stitch, the campaign has generated warmth and hope for thousands of needy South Africans, and has become an annual record-breaking event that aims to keep the legacy of Madiba alive and well.

From creating the largest portrait blanket in the world, to keeping the elderly warm, to knitting thousands of scarves and leaving them in public places for those in need… 67 Blankets for Mandela is the gift that keeps on giving!

Carolyn Steyn, an accomplished actress, business woman and founder of 67 blankets for Mandela day has joins the Good Things Guy in studio to chat about her incredible journey.

Listen to the full show below:

Sources: Jacpod | Good Things Guy | 67 Blankets
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