Stuttaford Van Lines is no stranger to blankets, as a common item in any removal. SVL can now add ‘blanket expert’ to its services, however, after branches countrywide joined forces to help transport the thousands of individual blankets required for the amazing record attempt at the Union Buildings.
When SVL’s Johannesburg branch recently met with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Carolyn Steyn’s 67 blankets for Nelson Mandela campaign – with its goal to collect 21 000 blankets and have these transported to the Union Buildings in Pretoria – entered the discussion.
SVL Johannesburg’s team met with Carolyn and an elaborate logistical plan enabling the record emerged … with Stuttaford Van Lines playing a pivotal role, in partnership with Cell C and Airlink.
Coordinated by SVL Johannesburg’s Fine Art Executive, Margarida Fernandes, SVL branches in Durban, East London, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town collected donated blankets from Cell C collection points in their respective cities; and transported these to local Airlink facilities.
Airlink then flew all the blankets to Johannesburg, and Stuttaford Van Lines again picked up the baton – first delivering the blankets to Steyn City, and then onwards to the Union Buildings.
SVL’s contribution wasn’t over: 18 crew members offloaded the SVL trucks, and even the marketing team was on-hand to assist with a human chain for the boxes. In the end, Stuttaford Van Lines successfully delivered over 900 boxes of blankets (far exceeding the initial goal) to the event!
The team were busy until 23:00 that night, refolding the individual blankets and repacking the boxes after the record attempt had ended, and these were returned to the point of origin in Johannesburg.
Well done to everybody involved in this extremely inspirational initiative! View more photographs from Stuttaford Van Lines by clicking here.