Mandela Day Knitathon: Busy hands and caring hearts

Throughout the year, residents of Rand Aid’s Elphin Lodge retirement village knitted up a storm and the result was 76 blankets that were handed over to Meal on Wheels on Mandela Day.

Meals on Wheels representatives joined residents and staff from both Elphin Lodge and Ron Smith Care Centre (RSCC) in the village hall on July 18  and after enjoying a lovely tea of sausage rolls, sandwiches and chocolate eclairs, it was time for the programme to begin.

The first order of business was to hand over the 76 blankets and tinned food to Meals on Wheels, who gratefully received the gift on behalf of the vulnerable poor whom they support.

Then it was onto the main challenge of the day: To knit or crochet a square in 67 minutes, so that they can all be joined together to produce blankets for the next worthy charity that needs them.

The stopwatch was activated at 10H30 and at exactly 11H37, time was called! Knitted rows were tallied and winners were declared in both the knitting and crocheting category.

The results were as follows:


1st place:  Barbara Malan – Elphin Lodge.

2nd place:  Greer James– Elphin Lodge.

3rd place:  Avril Maltman – RSCC, Matron.


1st place: Denise Stewart – RSCC, Volunteer.

2nd place (tie): Sarah Richards and Ronelle Gray – RSCC.

Val Kirschner (left) and Colin Cormack (middle) from Meals on Wheels receive the blankets from Elphin resident Krys Geyser (right).

Felicite Horn and Shirley Boy.

Third place knitting: Avril Maltman (middle) with Salina Mtshali (left) and Bianca Richards (right).

Second place knitting: Greer James with Bianca Richards.

First place knitting: Barbara Malan with Bianca Richards.

Crocheting: Tied for 2nd place – Ronelle Gray with Salina Mtshali.

Crocheting: Tied for 2nd place – Sarah Richards with Bianca Richards.

First place crocheting: Denise Stewart (right)with Salina Mtshali.

Sue Dickinson.

Jenny Sella (right) with daughter Eve.

Marion Tollitt.

Marlene Gordon and June Branthwaite.

Marisa Sabato and Ronelle Gray.

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