Johannesburg - Groups of women gathered at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus on Saturday to knit blankets for the needy on Mandela Day.

They gathered under the auspices of the 67 Blankets for Mandela Day drive.

The campaign has seen many across the country, especially women, knitting for the charity.

School teacher Salamina Maluleke, from Meadowlands said she joined the knitting campaign last year.

“One of the organisers of the campaign lives near my house, so I started knitting after work while awaiting for my children to return from work. I then took the work to school and would knit during lunch hour, soon my colleagues joined in, and learners too,” Maluleke said.

She added that her knitting skills improved after an elderly woman from down her street, who was good in knitting, started teaching her the different knitting styles.

Dinah Maphumulo, 65, form Diepkloof, said she heeded the call and decided to join during the week.

“They say when one gives and does good, they are representing God. A a pensioner, I have ample time on my hands, this was my way of giving, as God would have loved,” she said.

The women were entertained through music as they knitted bundles of wool away.

Blankets were received from all corners of the country.

Over 650 blankets had been collected by the campaigners on Friday.