An­gels’ knit­ting mis­sion

Gatton Star - - LIFE -

BE­ING able to pro­vide warmth and so­lace to some of Aus­tralia’s home­less dur­ing win­ter is why Gat­ton Guardian Phar­macy’s David Cullen will con­tinue to run the Guardian An­gel Knit­ting Pro­gram each year.

In its 19th year, the pro­gram has given the gift of warm win­ter wear to over two mil­lion peo­ple fac­ing hard­ship, and this year has part­nered with the St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety to dis­trib­ute the gar­ments to those in need around Aus­tralia.

“For the fifth year, Gat­ton’s com­mu­nity of knit­ters man­aged to cre­ate and do­nate 1811 gar­ments, rang­ing from jumpers to bea­nies to blan­kets,” Mr Cullen said.

“It was as­tound­ing. “The pro­gram is great for the el­derly to give them a sense of com­mu­nity and be­ing able to give back, and for younger peo­ple to learn the art of knit­ting.”

One of Gat­ton’s star knit­ters is Clara Rosen­blatt, who has been heav­ily in­volved in the pro­gram each year.

“She is a bril­liant and very fast knit­ter,” Mr Cullen said.

“She, and the other an­gels con­tinue to sur­prise us every year.”

A re­cent morn­ing tea was held to hon­our the Gat­ton an­gels who do­nated their cre­ations to St Vin­cent De Paul – who then dis­trib­uted the gar­ments to Vin­nies shops and ser­vices – in a bid to pro­vide each of the 105,000 home­less Aus­tralians with warm win­ter wear.

“We are look­ing for­ward to next year,” Mr Cullen said.

“For the peo­ple who can’t knit, a do­na­tion of wool is ap­pre­ci­ated too.

“The an­gels are more than happy to pass their skills on, so just pop in and we can point you in the di­rec­tion of the knit­ting groups around.”

St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety Vic­to­ria Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Sue Cat­ter­mole said they were grate­ful for the do­na­tions, which would help give dig­nity and com­fort to Aus­tralians in need.

“Home­less­ness doesn’t dis­crim­i­nate – it can af­fect peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds – and for the many peo­ple liv­ing on the streets of Aus­tralia each night, win­ter is a par­tic­u­larly hard time,” Ms Cat­ter­mole said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GIV­ING BACK: Clara Rosen­blatt with David Cullen at a spe­cial morn­ing tea held to hon­our Gat­ton’s guardian an­gels.

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