- The worldwide movement which honours Nelson Mandela has its own song
- The initiative was started as a challenge by one of Mandela's assistants
- Mandela Day was declared a special day by the United Nations in 2009 in honour of the statesman
A South African singer and actor have written and performed a song in honour of the country's first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela.
The song was released in conjunction with the initiative started by one of Mandela's trusted assistants, Zelda la Grange, called 67 Blankets for Mandela. Carolyn Steyn a philanthropist and ‘Arts Angel’ accepted the challenge.
Steyn's initiative challenges South Africans to knit, sew or crochet 67 blankets. These blankets would then be distributed to those who need them most on Mandela Day.
Mandela Day is celebrated each year on the 18th of July, Mandela's birthday. The day is not only a South African initiative but was declared a special day by the United Nations in 2009.
Since then the 67 Blankets for Mandela Day has grown into what some now call a 'movement'. The initiative is recognised throughout the world and has many corporates on board as well as groups called "KnitWits for Madiba" in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Cyprus, London, the US and India.
“The music video for ‘Could’ve Been Love’ This is dedicated to The founder of 67 Blankets, Carolyn Steyn, and all the “Knitwits” and ambassadors of this incredible initiative which I am so honoured to be involved with! And of course the man himself, MADIBA.” said Urbani.
There is also an attempt to break a world record in honour of 100 years of Mandela.
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