Knitting for the Homeless helping make life easier for Perth’s less fortunate

Knitting for the Homeless helping make life easier for Perth’s less fortunate

THE plight of Perth’s homeless hasn’t escaped Laurin Lang.

A year ago she started knitting for them.

“I made a pile of beanies at home,” the 73-year-old retiree said.

She got in touch with the Salvation Army in Perth, received the support of Lt Ben Hollis and a one-woman effort grew into a group – Knitting for the Homeless.

“I remember thinking ‘I’m one person, what would a half a dozen ladies be able to do’,” she said.

“Lt Hollis said ‘good luck if you get going because I do not have anyone doing it’.”

Salvo centres have been giving Laurin wool, and Bendigo’s Kingsway Community Bank, of which she was a founder, has been acting as a wool collection point.

So too has Federal Cowan MHR Anne Aly’s office.

Kingsway City Shopping Centre has given Laurin a small shop, rent free, and she has the support of the coffee shop.

She’s calling for volunteer knitters to join her each Tuesday at Kingsway, starting February 27.

Wool and needles will be supplied.

The plan is to knit beanies, scarves, socks and lap blankets for the homeless.

To volunteer help, call Laurin on 9342 3702.

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