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67 Blankets campaign to spread across Union Buildings lawns

The campaign will find out if it's reached its target of 21,000 blankets this week.

Miss SA Liesl Laurie and Caroline Steyn pose for picture during a 67 blankets for Mandela Day event, Saturday 4 April 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The 67 Blankets for Mandela Day Campaign will find out if it's reached its target of 21,000 blankets this week.

The blankets, which have been knitted by locals across the country, will be spread across the lawns of the Union Buildings in Pretoria tomorrow morning.

The initiative was started on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Foundation three years ago and has been backed by various countries and organisations this year.

Amidst the recent xenophobic attacks in the country, campaign founder Carolyn Steyn says the event is a call for unity.

"There will be a sea of blankets round the giant statue of Nelson Mandela and we will do an aerial photograph that will show the world what we are doing step by step to keep the legacy of Madiba alive during this time of devastation and mayhem in our country."