Knitters making a difference need help
KATHLEEN Crosbie is putting out a desperate plea for help knitting thousands of teddy bears for children in Vietnam and disaster struck regions around the world.
For three years Mrs Crosbie has headed a group of women meeting once a week to knit cuddly toys for kids across the globe.
With the group dwindling, Mrs Crosbie is sounding a call for help.
“We’re down to just three ladies so we need all the help that we can get,” she said.
“If you can already knit, great, if you can’t I’m more than happy to teach you.”
The majority of the teddy bears find their way to children in Vietnam, distributed by the Christian Health Aid Team (CHAT), which travels there four times a year to provide dental services.
CHAT president David Booth said the teddy bears formed part of hampers hand- ed out to the kids.
“We give them a bag containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, a pad and coloured pencils and of course a teddy bear,” he said.
“The bags are decorated and coloured by West Australian children and it is a big thrill for the Vietnamese children to get a present from a WA kid.”
A retired dental surgeon, Mr Booth heads a team of five dentists and two dental students who travel to Vietnam four times a year to check the teeth of more than 1600 children.
“When we first went over 10 years ago poor people could not afford sugar in their diet so their teeth were pretty good, but nowadays they have terribly bad teeth, especially in re- mote areas that do not have fluoridated water,” he said.
Mrs Crosbie’s teddy bears are also distributed through Joseph’s Coat, a charity that concentrates on disaster relief and assists more than 60 projects all over the world.
Anyone who would like to join the knitters or make a donation can call Kathleen Crosbie on 9339 7394.
CHAT president David Booth and Kathleen Crosbie with some of the knitted bears.