Handcrafted for the homeless

From left: organiser Betty Male with Doreen Ambler, Dfor the dog, Edna Thorn, Jean Long, Beatrice Cox, Jacquie Jorgensen, Myrtle Davis (standing) and Maria Ferraz (right).Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d410284
From left: organiser Betty Male with Doreen Ambler, Dfor the dog, Edna Thorn, Jean Long, Beatrice Cox, Jacquie Jorgensen, Myrtle Davis (standing) and Maria Ferraz (right).Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d410284

A group of women started a social craft afternoon each Wednesday, which soon turned into eight women knitting blankets to be donated to Homeless Connect.

Homeless Connect brings community groups, businesses and government together to help support and provide services to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Organised by Betty Male, the women have been knitting squares and sewing them together to make blankets for the past three months.

Mrs Male said getting together and knitting had given the women something to do together and that for many they were knitting for the first time in years.

‘It’s a lot of fun ” it’s got a group of women from the hostel and independent living all mixing together and doing something,’ she said.

‘They have knitted beautifully and are very enthusiastic.

‘It’s very important for the blankets to go to people in need and the main thing the women wanted was for the blankets to go to people locally.

‘They feel as though Homeless Connect is a wonderful cause.’

The women will donate up to seven blankets to people in need with the hope of continuing the tradition in years to come.