Carolyn personally received Dhiren Mehta co founder of UniMedia and introduced him to some of her close friends and supporters of the project. She had just landed at OR Tambo coming from England and came straight to the event to receive and entertain her friends. It is evident that she takes great pride in entertaining her guests and the impression she leaves after the parting is simply high spirited and impeccable taste of class. As much as UniMedia sees its role in women’s professional golf as a movement, Carolyn Steyn shares the same sentiments as she highlights in the video insert below in which she refers to 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day as a movement.
At the prize giving that evening Dhiren Mehta who had seen the possible synergies between PinkStig and Carolyn’s drive, pledged R30 000 towards her project and also secured an opportunity for the PinkStig Pro’s to play a round of golf with South African golfer Brandon Stone. “The idea is to get Brandon to share some of his insights and positive stories that contributed towards his success on the golf course and in the same breathe to invite Brandon to get to know more about the PinkStig Dream Team.” says Dhiren Mehta.
But more about Carolyn Steyn and her drive to promote the 67 blankets for Nelson Mandela Day.
It all started with Zelda la Grange, long time Personal Assistant to the late former President Nelson Mandela, who presented Carolyn Steyn with the challenge of making 67 blankets for Mandela Day in recognition of the 67 years that Madiba spent fighting against apartheid. Carolyn Steyn went on and did just that and more….
In 2014 Carolyn Steyn thought after handing over the blankets she would get on with her life, but instead her life “BECAME 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day!” Following Carolyn’s efforts Gauteng publicist Georg Knoke remarks “This is what reconciliation is all about. South Africans have always done amazing things – this initiative is priceless.”
Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula praised the initiative for bringing “positivity and hope” to South Africa
Fikile said that “as a nation we never need to give up on what Tata Mandela stood for. We buried Nelson Mandela in Qunu… but we never buried his soul and what he stood for, and his ideas. And Carolyn Steyn and her team did is saying to us: never give up!”
On Tuesday, 21 April 2015 Carolyn Steyn did the unthinkable and said, “Beyond my wildest dreams imaginable, this is our goodwill congratulations South Africa.” The occasion was in celebration for turning the Union Buildings in Pretoria into a carpet of colourful blankets. The 3133 square metres of handmade blankets knitted, crocheted or quilted by the knitwits of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day has broken a Guinness World Record – it is the largest area covered by a blanket.
In August 2015‚ campaign founder Carolyn Steyn, together National Commissioner of Correctional Services Zach Modise, established an initiative to introduce blanket-making in prisons as part of prisoners’ rehabilitation. “The initiative offers an opportunity for inmates from across the country to give back to society‚” Modise said at the launch. “The key to rehabilitation is empowering offenders with skills to function effectively in society upon their release.”
The record list goes on and hearts are moved every time Carolyn Steyn makes an appearance. No doubt a woman driven with a strong feel of the African spirit says: “Together we will knit our society together. Together we will knit our nation together. We will knit Africa together. And then the WORLD!!!”