Weaving up the wool of love
MANY Gold Coast "good causes" have the Friday craft group at The Gardens on Lindfield community at Helensvale to thank for donations.
The ladies in the group, ranging in age from mid-60s to 94 years, knit and crochet their way through an endless supply of beanies, bears, ponchos, scarves, knee rugs, bed socks and other woollen items.
Sometimes they host a show to sell items to the public.
Group spokeswoman Mary Wintle says the show proceeds pay for more wool to supply the "production line".
"Some of the op shops give us a lot of wool and we make whatever we can out of it," she said.
"Craft is something for members to do all year round. It's all done for charity.
"Trauma bears go to medical centres for children.
"All the nursing homes around here have got granny rugs.
"For years I knitted for World Vision. I knit and crochet. I'll knit for five or six hours' straight. It's something to do."
The charity Rosie's benefited from the latest craft show in April.
Rosie's looks after "marginalised" men and women, especially those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or simply lonely.
The Gold Coast branch has street outreach vans operating from Southport to Surfers Paradise, and volunteers also operate a drop-in centre weekdays in Southport.
"(The craft group) decided we'd pick a couple of local charities who needed support," Mary said.
"One year it went to the Salvation Army.
"We also give our good clothes that we're not wearing anymore."
The Friday craft group meets from 10am to midday, and a smaller group operates on Wednesdays.
"They do more fancy things - coathangers and cards," Mary said.