Knit­ters mak­ing a dif­fer­ence need help

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

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.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d450387

CHAT pres­i­dent David Booth and Kath­leen Cros­bie with some of the knit­ted bears.

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