World record biggest blanket drive a success

Ria Potgieter at the event.

A group of local knitters helped break a world record for knitting the largest blanket in the world. 

The final event was held in Vanderbojlpark on Saturday June 8, but the women – who included members of the SAPS Women’s Network from Muizenberg station – were represented by Ria Potgieter.
Ms Potgieter was the person who put up her hand to become involved in the initiative which was launched in Gauteng. Because whe responded, wool was sent to her for re-distribution among the knitters and she found ready support in the province with individuals and the SAPS Women’s Network lending a hand.
Ms Potgieter said it had been an amazing event filled with love. The blanket was made in the colours and shape of the South African flag, and after it was measured it was divided up once again into separate blankets which were then donated to a range of registered NPOs to keep people in need warm this winter.
“Because there were so many women in the Western Cape who helped create the blanket, the province received back a donation of 100 blankets to be given to Camphill this week,” Ms Potgieter said, referring to the residential facility for adults with intellectual disabilities.
Ms Potgieter thanked all the volunteers for their efforts and for making other people’s lives better.