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Spotlight: Knitting for Kiwi kids

This article has been adapted from the original. To see the full article head to https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/rodney-times/95884442/Whangaparaoa-retirement-village-knits-for-Kiwi-kids

The Peninsula Club’s knitting group has been meeting for over a decade, the collective kitting experience of the 42 members spans two millennia. Even more impressive is the amount of knitting the group gives away to charities.

The past five years has seen the knitting group donate more than 4000 garments to Starship, Waitakere and North Shore hospitals to help keep young Kiwi kids warm. Their last donation to Starship will be used to warm the heads, feet and bodies of premature babies and toddlers. Group member Sandy Magill says the members are motivated by giving. “These ladies knit with skill and precision, but most of all, heart. It’s a social gathering, but being able to pass on the knitting to those who need it is what unites us. It’s very rewarding,” Magill said.

“Last year we delivered over 1,000 garments. We hope to at least match that next year, but we will aim to knit and deliver as many or as few as are needed.”

Starship Foundation administration and volunteer coordinator Liaine Warneford is “extremely grateful” for the group’s generosity. “Over the years many children have benefitted from their knitting – it can be a tough time for children as well as their families being in Starship, but this act of kindness doesn’t go unnoticed,” Warneford said.

The group delivers knitted garments to hospitals every three months.

Take a look at The Peninsula Club’s listing here.

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Eve Williams is the Content Developer and Social Media Administration for Eldernet. She is currently studying towards her Masters at the University of Canterbury. She has a passion for learning new things.

One comment

  1. Lovely to read about these acts of kindness.