Dolls offer helping hand

Gosnells resident Marlene Rozentals and her daughter Natasha Yorke with some of the dolls they have made.
Gosnells resident Marlene Rozentals and her daughter Natasha Yorke with some of the dolls they have made.

The Uthando Doll Project was designed to help children in South Africa suffering from Aids and to help ease their suffering by using homemade dolls.

Gosnells resident Marlene Rozentals and her daughter Natasha Yorke are both involved with the project.

Ms Yorke said the dolls were effective as children learn through play and the dolls were a good way of communicating their thoughts.

Uthando Project volunteers have sent more than 45,000 handmade, culture-suitable dolls to the children of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, over the past 10 years.

Ms Yorke said the dolls were something the children could relate to.

�The child gets a doll and the grandmother gets a doll and they talk about loss and grief through play with the doll,� she said.

�In a way it is a therapy; they do a lot to help with grief and loss with HIV/Aids.�

Ms Rozentals has made about 100 dolls and said she mainly made hers out of cotton.

�I enjoy making them and it is a good thing to contribute to,� she said.

There will be a fundraising exhibition called the Gift of Play at Kidogo Arthouse in Fremantle from July 14 to 19.

Each day will feature a hands-on two-hour sewing or knitting workshop, with some quicker fun activities.

Guests will be able to make a $10 donation towards a doll of their choice to go to an African child who has been impacted by the HIV/Aids pandemic.

For more information contact email georgia1@iinet.|net.au or call 9293 2363.