Knitwits on a charity mission

Some of the Knitwit knitters who take part in Operation Cover Up at a recent Friday get-together (back row, from left) Jenny Smith, Ruth Adamson, Margaret Boyle, Dawn Wallace, Lois Dawson and Helen Ischia. (Front row, from left) Judith Watson, Lenore Mathieson, Anne Mollison, Lauris Richardson, Judith Cushen, Elaine Hansen, Sandra Sparrow and Doris Swallow. Photo: Margaret McIntosh

THE Knitwit knitters are at it again – making sure children in eastern European countries have enough woollens to keep them cosy.

Mission Without Borders Southland convener Margaret McIntosh said the group met every second Friday.

With every tap, tap of the knitting needles they inch their way closer to finishing socks, jerseys, scarves, hats, blankets, mittens and slippers for children in Bulgaria, Albania, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova and Bosnia/Herzegovina.

“Operation Cover Up goes through the charity Mission Without Borders who sends the knitted items in containers from New Zealand to help the poorer and homeless people in these countries stay as warm as possible during their winters, which can have temperatures as low as -20 to -25degC,” Mrs McIntosh said

People from throughout Southland including Te Anau, Tapanui, Eastern Southland, Lumsden and Invercargill supported the work, she said.

Before the items were sent away, they would be displayed at Holy Trinity Church Hall, King St, Invercargill on July 16 from 10am-2pm.

All were welcome to come and have a look, she said.

The Knitwits would also be grateful for any donations of wool or money which would be put towards the cost of freight.

  • New members were welcome and anyone interested could phone Mrs McIntosh on 03 217 7475.