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Close-knit women wrap world in warmth with love

STITCHED UP: Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis and Member for Page Kevin Hogan get wrapped up in the Yamba Ladies Craft Group Wrap With Love project.
STITCHED UP: Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis and Member for Page Kevin Hogan get wrapped up in the Yamba Ladies Craft Group Wrap With Love project. Adam Hourigan

FOR three hours every Thursday, a close-knit group of women known as the Yamba Ladies Craft Group put their needles together to help warm the world.

It may sound dramatic but it is quite literal; everything the women create goes to Wrap with Love Inc, a New South Wales-based charity which enlists aid agencies world-wide to distribute hand-knitted blankets to those in greatest need.

Yamba Ladies Craft Group member Marie Rheinberger said more than 400,000 blankets had been distributed since 1992, and the group was proud to be a part of the effort.

For them, it's also about having a good yarn.

"We're not a stitch and bitch", she jokes.

"But it's not just about doing the work; for a lot of these women this is the only time they will get out to mix with other people."

Last week, Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan and Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis visited the group in an effort to highlight the work they are doing, donating a bag of wool to help keep the ball rolling.

Mr Hogan even tried his hand at knitting, but was quickly advised he had dropped a few stitches.

"The happiest people I see in our community are the people that give," he said.

"I thank those wonderful ladies and encourage anyone to do it if they can."

Donations of wool for the group can be dropped off at both politicians' Grafton offices, at 1/83A Prince St and 11 Prince St. or at the Yamba, Maclean and Iluka libraries.

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