Annual Paarl knit-athon in celebration of Mandela Day

Knitting lessons at last years knit-athon, at back, from left, are Michael Jonas, director of the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum (ATM); Janine Brown, educational officer of the ATM, and Illeeqah Uys from Worcester. In front are Sarah Martin from Paarl, Rushello Uys from Worcester, and Ray and Gloria Williams from Paarl.

The Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument (ATM) in Paarl, in collaboration with Paarl Museum and the Dorkas and Busy Beez Women’s Clubs, will present their annual knit-athon at Paarl Museum, Van der Lingen Plain, on Saturday June 24, from 9am to 2pm.

According to Janine Brown, educational officer at the ATM, this initiative supports the purpose of Mandela Day to inspire individuals to make the world a better place, by spending 67 minutes of their time to make a change in someone’s life.

“We would like to warm the hearts of needy people, and help them face the winter with a donation of knitted scarves, jerseys and blankets. We have already formed several groups who are knitting items in aid of this project.

“We challenge everyone to join us. If you can’t knit, we’ll teach you,” said Ms Brown.

Participants must take their own knitting needles, and are encouraged to take along wool, although wool will also be supplied. The knitted items, as well as soup and sandwiches, will be distributed to needy adults and children in Groenheuwel, Fairyland and Klapmuts, on Tuesday July 18.

Donations of wool, clothes, toys and canned food can be dropped off, by Tuesday July 11, at the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum in Pastorie Avenue or at Paarl Museum on Van der Lingen Plain.

For more information, contact Nkita Pietersen on 021 872 3441 or

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