Newman College students knit together in common thread for homeless


Knitters for the homeless: Deanne Golvin, Claudia Golvin, Jacinta Ehlers, Kai Ehlers, Archie Newman, Genevieve Newman, Christie Blizzard, Addision Blizzard, Brodie Trettel, Rebecca Trettel, |Natalie Thompson and Finnigan Thompson.
Knitters for the homeless: Deanne Golvin, Claudia Golvin, Jacinta Ehlers, Kai Ehlers, Archie Newman, Genevieve Newman, Christie Blizzard, Addision Blizzard, Brodie Trettel, Rebecca Trettel, |Natalie Thompson and Finnigan Thompson.

NEWMAN College students and parents have been knitting blankets for the homeless this term ahead of a class assembly.

Each Thursday, mother and interior designer Christie Blizzard and other parents visit the school to teach Year 3 students how to crochet.

Thirty students have been working on “granny squares” that would be sewn together to make blankets.

Year 3 teacher Marnie Fitzpatrick said the focus was on the homeless people in Perth.

“Our class has a class assembly coming up at the end of this term and I thought we might focus on some local projects rather than overseas because this year we raised a lot of money for people who are overseas,” she said.

“As part of that project, we thought we should try some crocheting, make a few blankets and contribute as best we can.”

She said her students realised they had a “social responsibility” to give back to the community.

“I think the children realise we are in a privileged school, a good house and it is quite surprising in Perth there are more than 9000 people judged as some kind of homeless in Perth and 12 per cent of those were under 12.”