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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Oct-Nov
Active RetireesTM | 47 WRAP WITH LOVE If you’d like to use your knitting skills for good, consider joining Wrap With Love, a not-for-profit organisation that makes and sends wraps to some of the world’s poorest communities. In fact, since it formed in 1992, Wrap With Love has sent more than 250,000 wraps to people in more than 75 countries, thanks to the hard work and generosity of its legions of knitters. More than 3000 wraps were donated to the Victorian Bushfire Relief Appeal. You too can get involved – knit a square or a wrap, create a knitting group, or head to a knitting group venue. T: (02) 8399 3000 W: www.artsandcraftsnsw. com.au/Wrap.htm expecting to get four or five ladies to knit these squares. “We now have about 20 on the books and they’re all enjoying it.” Knit one, knit two The group has set itself a challenge: to knit lots of 25cm squares, 28 of which are combined to make wraps and rugs that are sent to impoverished communities in South Africa. “We’re breaking all records for how many wraps we’re making each month,” Joan beams. The group also sent rugs to Christchurch after the 2011 earthquakes. “When you lose everything and you get something warm ... I know they appreciated it,” Joan says. “The ladies felt really privileged to be able to send those rugs and do something for New Zealand.” Creative sources The group uses recycled and donated wool, which members of the public drop off to libraries in the area, making it an inexpensive way the group can contribute to those in need. While some members can knit up to a square a day, others contribute what they can. Some have difficulty with their hands or fingers and can’t contribute as much, but the group fosters an environment without competition, where experienced knitters help out the less experienced with a few tips. “There’s no pressure about how many squares they have to knit, or anything like that,” Joan says. “To knit these squares, it’s a very simple knit. It’s not complicated; it’s just a pleasant time to be with the other women.” Indeed, the social benefits of the group are as important as the good causes it supports. The group usually meets once a month in members’ homes. In spring and autumn, outdoor sessions are organised for a cuppa and a knit in the park. Knit and natter “It’s about mixing with women with the same interest. I love knitting and there are a lot of ladies in Probus who love knitting too,” Joan says. “They like the social part of it. You can’t hear yourself think sometimes. They’re all knitting and chatting. “They like doing what they’re doing and, like me, they feel like they’re doing some good for people who are less fortunate than themselves. “It’s wonderful. It keeps us out of mischief.” •• It’s about mixing with women with the same interest. I love knitting and there are a lot of ladies in Probus who love knitting too.
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