Christchurch kids warmed in win­ter

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

Robyn Gor­don had been pon­der­ing how she could help those in Christchurch who had suf­fered se­verely from the Fe­bru­ary earth­quake – that was un­til she read an ar­ti­cle out of Ru­ral News re­gard­ing a knit­ting com­mu­nity.

Ms Gor­don is quite the knit­ter her­self and thought this was a bril­liant idea.

The knit­ting com­mu­ni­ties around New Zealand have been knit­ting socks, booties, hats, blan­kets and sin­glets for ba­bies in Christchurch who are get­ting cold as win­ter looms ahead.

Af­ter some in­ves­ti­ga­tion she found Mata­mata had no such thing.

‘‘I thought maybe there might be some­thing sim­i­lar out there in Mata­mata. I would love to join a group who is knit­ting and would like to send things down to Christchurch or form a tem­po­rary group to knit for the chil­dren,’’ she said.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple down there don’t have much money as they have lost their jobs, and it is the lit­tle ones you think about com­ing into win­ter.’’

Ms Gor­don said it was easy to pick up cheap merino wool and make a few pieces. She had fam­ily mem­bers who were in Christchurch at the time of the earth­quake so it was some­thing close to her heart and she was only too happy to do­nate her time to help those af­fected.

‘‘If kids keep their head and their feet warm, the rest of them warmer,’’ she said.

If there is any­one in­ter­ested in gather­ing to­gether and knit­ting for Christchurch over a cup of tea and good con­ver­sa­tion con­tact Robyn Gor­don on 888 1463.

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Keen knit­ter: Robyn Gor­don wants to use her knit­ting skills to help chil­dren in Christchurch.

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