Teens have knitting target all sewn up
TWO teenagers have collected about 2km of knitted squares which will make about 140 blankets for homeless people in Nepal.
Bamawm’s Kaija Pedler, 17, and Wyuna’s Simon Pell, 16, have collected 6800 squares as part of their Knit for Nepal project.
With donations coming from as far as Mornington Peninsula and Donald, the teens exceeded their goal of 4500 squares since starting the youth project through their Rivergums (Echuca, Kyabram and Rochester) Venturer Unit in April.
‘‘We’ve had such an overwhelming response,’’ Kaija said.
A total of 112 adult-sized blankets have been made, with 25 to go, which, along with 17kg of new knitted children’s jumpers and baby rugs, are now on their way to the third-world country.
About 135kg of freight will travel more than 13,000km to Take on Nepal, a charity run by Nepalese couple Som and Susan Tamang who will transport the blankets to Kathmandu.
‘‘From there, they will be mostly distributed by foot by Som and his team to remote villages,’’ Simon said.
They will be distributed to families who suffered during the earthquake in April last year which killed 8000 and flattened nearly 600,000 homes.
Kaija and Simon thanked everyone who had donated squares, time and money towards the freight.
‘‘We appreciate all that everyone has done to make the project successful,’’ they said.
Jaija Pedler, 17, of Bamawm and Simon Pell, 16, of Wyuna with their blankets as part of the Knit for Nepal project.