Orban School learners, parents and teachers picked up their knitting needles and supported the latest Johannesburg Mini Council project. The ‘Beanies for the Brave’ project aim is to donate 200 scarves and beanies to the ‘Vuvuzela men’ in Soweto who selflessly wake up in the early hours of the morning to safely escort women from their homes to their transport collection points, even throughout winter.


Patterns for beanies and scarves were sent to Orban learners. Both boys and girls took up knitting whenever they got an opportunity.  The project also provided an opportunity for older family members to pass on a new skill, and even the teachers contributed beautifully knitted winter warmers.


“The Orban kids have been amazing and have been working hard. We can always rely on Orban School to support our initiatives. We are grateful for their enthusiasm with ‘Beanies for the brave’. The more schools we can get involved in our projects, the more impact we can make during these trying times” says Ms Avril Rebeck, Head of The Johannesburg Mini and Junior Council.


“We are constantly busy with new initiatives, especially in winter. Our next initiative is dogfood collection for animal shelters. But we appreciate continuous donations of clothing, toiletries and blankets, which we, in turn, distribute to the needy in and around Johannesburg.”