An initiative to knit blankets for the island’s needy, in time for winter this year has spread to Larnaca, with ladies gathering every Tuesday at the Flamingo Beach Hotel to knit en masse.
The organisation ‘Kindness Cyprus’, alongside ‘67 Blankets for Madiba Day’ put out a request island-wide for those who can knit or crochet to collectively make blankets that will be delivered to needy families across the island in November “…with love and kindness to keep someone warm next winter.”
In Larnaca, the Flamingo Beach Hotel holds an ongoing gathering every Tuesday, 11am, where women can meet to make their blankets in an informal and relaxed social setting, whilst chatting and enjoying a drink.
At present, between four to ten ladies meet regularly and have so far made 12 blankets of all sizes, colours and patterns. Even those who cannot knit or crochet can donate wool to help the cause and can drop it off at the hotel anytime.
‘67 Blankets for Madiba’ was started in South Africa at the end of last year by Carolyn Steyn who was asked by Zelda la Grange - former personal assistant to late former president Nelson Mandela - to knit 67 blankets for the needy by July 18 for Mandela Day.
Putting out a request to her friends on Facebook to help her, Carolyn found her page being shared rapidly and within two weeks had hundreds of people from all over the world pledging to knit a blanket for Mandela Day.
The idea to knit for the island’s needy came from Stephanie Pavlides, and each town has its group who are collectively making 50 blankets at the moment.
Stephanie says: “The blankets received are beautiful… stitch by stitch we are getting there and I thank everyone who has contributed so very much.”
To join the cause, visit the Facebook page: 67 Blankets for Madiba Day, Cyprus Together with Kindness Cyprus.