Call for more knitters


CHAT president David Booth and Kathleen Crosbie.
Picture: Matt Jelonek
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CHAT president David Booth and Kathleen Crosbie. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d450387

For three years, Mrs Crosbie and a group of women have met once a week to knit the cuddly toys, but with numbers dwindling, Mrs Crosbie is keen for new members.

“We’re down to just three women, so we need all the help that we can get,” she said.

“If you can already knit, great. If you can’t, I’m more than happy to teach you.”

The majority of the teddy bears are given to children in Vietnam, distributed by the Christian Health Aid Team (CHAT) that travels there four times a year to provide dental services.

CHAT president David Booth said the teddy bears were included in hampers handed out to children.

“We give them a bag containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, a pad and coloured pencils and of course a teddy bear,” he said.

“The bags are decorated and coloured by WA children and it is a big thrill for the Vietnamese children to get a present from a WA kid.”

A retired dental surgeon, Mr Booth heads a team of five dentists and two dental students who travel to Vietnam four times a year to check the teeth of more than 1600 children.

“When we first went over 10 years ago, the poor people could not afford sugar in their diet and so their teeth were pretty good, but nowadays they have terribly bad teeth, especially in the more remote areas that do not have fluoridated water,” he said.

Mrs Crosbie’s teddy bears are also distributed through Joseph’s Coat, a charity that concentrates on disaster relief and assists more than 60 projects in countries all over the world.

Mrs Crosbie is also seeking donations of buttons and ribbon which she uses to make fiddle blankets, which are donated locally for use by people with dementia.

Mrs Crosbie can be contacted on 9339 7394.