Uniting a Common Thread for Mandela Day 2016

Every year, South Africans honour Nelson Mandela’s legacy by spending 67 minutes giving back and connecting with others. This year, Relate Bracelets’ #my67beads campaign aims to take that thread further, and bring us all closer together.

Yesterday, Relate Bracelets unveiled their #my67beads artwork created by the Lalela Project at the V & A Waterfront, ahead of Mandela Day.

Relate invited individuals to thread 67 beads each. Each thread was then joined together to create one long, united thread. This united thread was transformed into an artwork installation at the V&A Waterfront ahead of Mandela Day.

Members from our various Seniors Clubs were there, representing the heart of Ikamva Labantu and demonstrating their beading skills for all to see.

Often our Gogos are the breadwinners of the family, needing to provide for several grandchildren. The income that they earn from beading for Relate Bracelets goes a long way in supplementing their monthly pension and ensuring that there is always food on the table.

Ikamva Labantu has 19 Seniors’ Clubs, where elderly citizens can take part in beading and other activities, giving them a space to be active and social every day.

Thank you Relate Bracelets for giving our Seniors the opportunity to earn a stable income, and thank you to all of our Gogos who continue to form the backbone of our nation.