They’re creative, talented, passionate and hate the idea of anyone going cold in winter.
Volunteers for the knitting charity Wrap with Love have been meeting in the Blacktown Campus library of TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute for regular knitting bees. These committed knitters have kept their needles clicking for a cause and are always on the lookout for new additions to the group.
Wrap with Love is a Sydney-based charity founded 20 years ago by the late Sonia Gidley-King OAM who was horrified to discover how many people in the world die of hypothermia and wanted to do something practical about it. Every year, over 25,000 volunteers knit woollen squares and wraps to be transformed into blankets, quilts and rugs. These woollen goodies are then shipped to locations all over the planet where they’re needed most, often to war-torn countries. Over the years, more than a quarter of a million of these hand-knitted creations have made their way to needy families in over 75 countries, which is roughly 1,000 items every month.
TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute is a dedicated supporter of the cause, last year donating 183 wraps. Blacktown Campus library manager, Nicole Debenham (pictured, seated second from right), is one of the chief drivers of the Institute’s knitting bees, literally keeping people in stitches and never missing an opportunity to encourage new knitters to join in, especially men. “I’m sure there are guys out there who knit but who maybe never do it in public normally,” she said.
Anyone interested in joining a knitting bee can contact the Blacktown Campus library on telephone (02) 9208 1850.
Wool, squares and wraps will be accepted until Friday 27 July.