Teens have knit­ting tar­get all sewn up

Campaspe News - - NEWS - — Ivy Wise

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.

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