A sock-sessful project

Bergvliet Lions Club and have broken the Guinness World Record for the longest line of socks.

Stripes, spots, sporty, sparkly and school colours – these were among the styles when Bergvliet Lions Club achieved their goal of creating a long line of socks on Human Rights Day, Monday March 21.

The brainchild of Gail Darling of Bergvliet Lions, she dreamt up the idea of collecting socks for the homeless for winter at 3am a few months ago.

She broached the idea to other Lions club branches in the greater Cape Town area and got the go ahead to collect brand new, gently used or single socks.

Early on Monday morning, dozens of volunteers, including Bergvliet High pupils, laid out the approximately 16km line of 15 000 pairs of socks on the school sports field. Ms Darling said socks and underwear are the least donated items for the homeless.

She thanked everyone who had donated money, socks and Sexy Socks of Pinelands who had made a generous donation.

The socks will be donated to local charities including the Plumstead-based Honeybun Foundation and Naruna Estate Residents’ Association who feed the hungry, elderly and children in the area.

In November 2021, a California charity collected about 80 000 (40 000 pairs) of socks for the homeless and broke a Guinness World Record for the longest line of socks at 11.26km.

Jason Renaud making a few final touches to the 20-odd rows of socks.
Bergvliet High Grade 8 pupils, who were among 54 volunteers from the school, Bushrah Moosa and Anel Snyman.
Bergvliet Lions members, Muriel Bruce, Paul Sternberg, Jane Renaud (president) and Cathy Frankel.
Bergvliet High cheerleaders gave a demonstration.
Getting his socks in a knot, Jason Renaud was roped in to volunteer by his mum, Jane Renaud, Lions Club president from Plumstead.
Education MEC Debbie Schäfer of Bergvliet with Bergvliet High School principal Stephen Price.
Lions Club members from the greater Cape Town area also got involved in the collection of socks.
Counting the rows of socks for the Sockathon, instigator Gail Darling with her daughter Claire Stockenstrom joining the pairs.