A total of 2754 blankets have been put together to make up the world’s largest Springbok portrait blanket which will be used to keep young and old warm this winter!
Steyn City, South Africa (10 June 2021) – 67 Blankets “Knit-Wits” worked hard to knit and crochet blankets to help set a new world record for South Africa. The worlds largest Springbok Blanket portrait.
A total of 2754 blankets were put together to make up the giant Springbok blanket. However, it has taken several months and hundreds of generous KnitWits, an affectionate name for those who knit or crochet blankets for 67 Blankets’ causes, to make all the blankets needed for the record.
Once the large blanket has been made and the record set, the blankets will be dismantled and donated to children’s homes, elderly care homes, and other charitable organisations. It feels like this winter may be colder, so these blankets are a vital donation for people in need.
In 2019 the Springboks reminded South Africans that we are “Stronger Together”. With the pandemic hot on the heels of our victory, it became apparent that we needed to stick together to get through the harrowing Covid-19 pandemic.
Through it all, the “KnitWits” of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day has embraced this iconic motto. On 9 June 2021, they were joined by Johan ‘Rassie’ Erasmus, John Smit and the Beast Tendai Mtawarira to show their colours in the #BokkeBlanket Reveal at Steyn City School, Steyn City.
The ‘blanket’ covered the entire rugby field with the image of our iconic ‘Bok’ and South African flag – so large; it will be visible from the sky, earth’s atmosphere and via satellite.
This green and gold achievement celebrates the Boks’ historic 2019 Rugby World Cup win and ensures some warmth and hope for many vulnerable people in South Africa this winter.
Take a look at the blanket below.