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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Oct-Nov
PROBUS INTEREST GROUPS 46 | www.probussouthpacific.org PROBUS INTEREST GROUPS What a purler! The knitting group of the Combined Probus Club of the Barossa pulled together following the Christchurch earthquakes, knitting warm wraps for affected Probus members. By Richard Cann Joining a rowdy bunch Joy Standish has been knitting all her life, but 18 months ago saw a way of harnessing the combined knitting power of the Barossa’s Probus members for a good cause and a good time. “I knitted as a young girl and I’ve always enjoyed knitting. You can sit down and watch a bit of telly and knit, and you don’t make too many mistakes,” Joy says. “I can knit one square a night and it takes me three to four hours. I can only knit one rug in a month, but when I’ve got all those others to help... “Our little group meets once a month for a couple of hours and they sit and chat away in their little groups and it really gets quite rowdy,” she laughs. T he membership of Probus clubs around the country boasts a surplus of knitting knowhow, making it surprising that up until 18 months ago, the Combined Probus Club of the Barossa did not have its own knitting group. Knitting dynamos Joan Davis and Joy Standish set out to rectify the situation while focusing the group’s talents for the good of others. Joan retired to the Barossa Valley in 1999 and became one of the foundation members of the Barossa Probus group when it became chartered in 2002. For her, knitting for the not-for - profit organisation Wrap With Love – which sends volunteer -knitted wraps to poverty-stricken people around the world – provided purpose and a sense of contributing to community at a time when she needed something in her life. Bringing the activity to Probus represented one way she could help others. “I joined this group because my life seemed as if it was falling apart, and it really helped me get back on track again,” she explains. “There were some other ladies who I thought might be in the same sort of situation. So we mentioned it at one of the Probus meetings, I joined this group because my life seemed as if it was falling apart, and it really helped me get back on track again.
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