New River kids warmed up

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Inner Wheel of Invercargill president Dariel Osborne (left) and member Patricia Munro deliver 91 paris of hand-knitted indoor slippers to New River Primary School deputy principal Gina White and principal Elaine McCambridge (right) last Friday.

MANY children at New River Primary School will have toasty, warm feet thanks to Inner Wheel of Invercargill member Patricia Munro.

Mrs Munro and club president Dariel Osborne delivered 91 pairs of hand-knitted indoor slippers to the school in South Invercargill last Friday, all bagged according to size.

The annual project was into its third year for the women’s service organisation which promoted friendship and service, both locally and internationally.

Several club members had contributed to the project in previous years, but this year, Mrs Munro had knitted all 182 socks during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The members had other projects such as sewing, baking and donating to other projects, so Mrs Munro was happy to take on the knitting project solo, she said.

“It was very therapeutic. You get into a rhythm.”

It took “about three hours to knit one pair” from “real” wool she had accumulated from second-hand shops, which made it more economical. Each pair was also labelled according to size and packaged for easy distribution.

New River Primary School principal Elaine McCambridge said she was “really grateful… that [Inner Wheel] thought about us and the children in our school”.

“Especially in winter”, deputy principal Gina White added.

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