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Wool needed for Kowhainui’s knitting projects

Wool needed for Kowhainui’s knitting projects

Kowhainui Home knitting group members Lynn Packard and June O'Neill.
Kowhainui Home knitting group members Lynn Packard and June O’Neill.

The residents of Whanganui’s popular Kowhainui Home are putting their knitting skills to such good use, the home’s wool supplies are running low.

The knitting group at Kowhainui Home has been running for 15 years and the group gets together three days a week to make unique creations, to socialise and to give back, explains volunteer Lynn Packard.

“We’ve done all sorts for charity. We’ve made socks for Mongolian prisoners so their feet wouldn’t get frostbite, socks for children in New Zealand, 200 beanies for children in Uzbekistan and much more,” says Lynn.

Kowhainui Home resident June O’Neill joined the knitting group when it first started and says she rarely misses a session.

“I enjoy it – I like to do something that’s worthwhile and it keeps me busy. It’s about the company as much as the knitting.”

Kowhainui Home diversional therapist Sandra Martin says the knitting group gives residents who enjoy knitting an opportunity to socialise with like-minded people while giving back.

“They’re giving back by knitting things to donate to the less fortunate and when they sell their knitting they put the money towards buying things for their home that everybody can enjoy,” Sandra explains.

“We’ve had lots of laughs over the years the group has been going and the members enjoy doing something worthwhile. We’re always grateful for donations of wool to use for our knitting projects.”

The residents are currently knitting soft toys and baby clothes to sell to raise money Kowhainui Home’s 2016 Christmas display.

Kowhainui Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides rest home, hospital care and a popular day programme from its location at 88 Virginia Road, St John’s Hill, Whanganui.

To find out more about Enliven’s Kowhainui Home, or to make a donation of wool, call the home on 06 349 1400, email kowhainui@psc.org.nz, or click here.

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