Clarkson grandmother is sew generous with her time for charity


Cathy Fletcher from Charity Link with knitter Joan Zwart of Clarkson.
Picture: Martin Kennealey                                                                                              www.communitypix.com.au   d456527
Cathy Fletcher from Charity Link with knitter Joan Zwart of Clarkson. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d456527

CLARKSON grandmother Joan Zwart provides hundreds of children with warm clothes and Christmas toys every year.

The 81-year-old knits year-round for Charity Link, an organisation that co-ordinates fundraising and programs for more than 80 WA charities.

Ms Zwart makes jumpers, scarves, beanies and slippers for children during winter and toys for them at Christmas.

“I like knitting, I knit for my own grandchildren and I’ve got nothing better to do with my time,” she said.

“It’s something that I like doing and I think if someone gets benefit from it then that’s great.”

She supported various other charities before becoming involved with Charity Link three years ago.

“I always feel for these people who don’t have very much,” she said.

“I’m a pensioner myself but I know that there are people worse off than me.”

Program manager Cathy Fletcher said the charities and recipients were very grateful for Joan’s generosity.

“Joan’s support and others like her are very important as it helps us get goods to the disadvantaged, through our members, who are in need of help,” she said.

“Every bit of support, be it small or large, helps even if it means one child can have a smile on their face on Christmas Day by getting a present or one child having a jumper to keep them warm.”

To donate, visit charitylink.org.au.