Rand Aid’s Thornhill Manor retirement village’s 67-minutes Mandela Day Square Challenge was a great success, with 23 ladies gathering on July 18 to either knit or crochet a square.

Other residents made their squares beforehand and added them to the pile on the day. The wool was donated by the village’s Knit & Natter group, which also kindly made knitting needles available.

“The knitted squares are once again being donated to the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day organisation, which has a group of people who sew the squares together to make blankets for those in need,” says Thornhill Manor’s deputy manager Jackie Scott.

“The residents also did a stationery collection of pens, pencils, crayons, paper, reading books, rulers, erasers and sharpeners, which was delivered to Nobel Primary School in Modderfontein for those pupils who cannot afford these basic items.

“Some cash and a bunch of beanies to keep those little heads warm were also sent.”