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July 19, 2012

Cape Town Tourism and friends celebrate Mandela Day in photos

Cape Town Tourism's industry services team put their knitting skills to good use. Photo courtesy Skye Grove

Cape Town Tourism’s Burg Street Visitor Information Centre was a hub of needle-clicking activity as team members and friends joined woolly forces at its knit-a-row-and-go relay station on Mandela Day, on July 18.

Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated every year to commemorate former president and icon Nelson Mandela’s birthday – this year he celebrated his 94th birthday.

Breaking out their knitting needles and settling themselves on the red couches of the Visitor Centre, as well as at the resident coffee shop Crush, the keen knitters donated 67 minutes of their time to produce a few scarves and blankets for the babies of Meamana orphanage.

Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte Du Toit-Helmbold also participated in the knitting relay. “Happy birthday, Madiba. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for helping to free our country, and for showing us the true meaning of humility and forgiveness. We wish you a long and healthy life." Read the blog, From The CEO, for more of Mariëtte’s thoughts on the importance of celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day.

While the knitters worked away furiously at the Burg Street Visitor Centre, other team members channelled their inner home-grown humanitarians and donated their blood at the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service in Long Street.

Here are few of images of Cape Town Tourism’s charitable Mandela Day endeavours:

Michele Macfarlane, Lisa Millbacher, Allison Foat of Diva PR and Cape Town Tourism's PR and Guest Relations Co-ordinator Hannah Deal show off their handiwork. Photo courtesy Skye Grove

Cape Town Tourism's CEO Mariëtte Du Toit-Helmbold, Marketing Services Co-ordinator Inge Dykman and Executive Marketing Manager Velma Corcoran add their rows to the knit-a-row-and-go relay for the Memama orphanage blanket drive. Photo courtesy Skye Grove

Shumera Williams, SANparks Information and Reservations Consultant, proudly displays her near completed baby blanket. Photo courtesy Robert Geduld

Team Cape Town Tourism gets their knitting on at the Mandela Day knit-a-row-and-go station in the Burg Street Visitor Information Centre. Photo courtesy Berna Muller

Thank you to all of our visitors, friends and team members for helping us make Madiba proud! For more information, call us on +27 (0)21 487 6800/+27 (0)86 132 2223 or visit www.capetown.travel.

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