On Christmas Eve 2019 Athele traveled to Clarens in Free State Province to distribute 100 blankets. Clarens is about 300 km away and is in the mountains, the coldest part of South Africa, close to northen Lesotho. She returned on July 1 to supply the rest of the children, about 100, with blankets and warmth.
With the current travel restrictions in South Africa this was not an easy trip to plan. Athele got the necessary permission and paperwork to make this occur. This distribution was originally planned for March of this year.
Please let us know is you see any of our amazing work in these touching photos.
The hungry caterpillar blanket by Sunel Botes.
Squares by Cath Riley and sewn together by Estelle.
More photos to follow...
I think that is your owl, Amy, and it looks fantastic in the blanket.
I love seeing my lion square in a blanket that is just about to wrap and warm a child. Didn't the team in South Africa do a fantastic job matching it to other squares to make that blanket? Thank you all so much!
They're wonderful pictures, Amy. It must have taken a lot of work for Athele to get this organised. Well done to her.
These pictures are superb, and a stark reminder of why we craft for these children. Thank you.
It is heart warming to know that so many children will be warmer thanks to these special visits from Athele, the work of the team at the barn and of course our wonderful crafters :)) Thanks to all!
The top blanket pictured here, with Bozica's precious toy, is one of mine. When the blankets are at home they look so small, but here, with this little girl in her rainbow beanie, the blanket looks massive. Thank you to everyone, especially Athele, Amy and Estelle, for getting this delivery made.
Oh thank you for sharing these photos - and for making the long trip here to give the children warm blankets.