Flying fingers help AIDS babies

A SMALL group of women at Maranoa Hostel, Alstonville, has knitted hundreds of tiny jumpers for newborn AIDS-affected babies in the past two years. Before the little jumpers were provided some of these African babies used to be wrapped up in newspaper to be taken home by their mothers or carers.

The project began when Patricia Greenwood, of the Woodburn Orchid Society, issued a call to members to knit the much-needed garments. Patricia brought knitting instructions to a meeting of the Woodburn society and invited members to help knit. Bernice Rubbo, a member of the society, accepted Patricia’s challenge and took the knitting instructions to Maranoa Hostel at Alstonville. Maranoa’s Beatrice Roberts, activity officer, and Simone McDonald, care service assistant, enlisted the services of a number of residents who soon had the needles clicking.

Within a few months they had produced 200 lovely, colourful jumpers as well as some bonnets and squares for rugs.

A short time later these amazing women had exhausted the wool. But that didn’t stop them. They sent out a call for more wool. Patricia was able to buy a quantity of wool direct from a mill. Woolworths also responded generously and gave a large carton of wool.

Some of the knitters even donated their own wool, such was their commitment. In addition, another care service assistant, Ann Parrington, helped buy wool by donating the profit from the hostel sales of her lemon myrtle soap.

To see the huge bundles of tiny jumpers would make you wonder if these women ever slept. If any reader would like to assist by donating eight-ply wool, simply drop the wool off at Maranoa Hostel, The Avenue, Alstonville.



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