November 16, 2015
Colourful, woolly creations lined the shelves of Coonabarabran Library on Monday, 2 November, as Wrap with Love volunteers came together to admire their handiwork completed during the past six months.
Held annually across Australia, the Wrap with Love charity project aims to produce knitted blankets for those in need at home and abroad.
This year, the crafty Coonabarabran contingent has topped their record from 2014 by generating 58 wraps - enough to run the length of No.1 oval!
Local coordinators, Cynthia Freeman and Sandi Spackman, are thrilled with the final result.
“Thanks to the generosity of knitters at home, as well as our regular library group, we are so pleased to say this year we have assembled 58 wraps to send away,” Mrs Freeman said.
“This brings our total for the past four years to 201 wraps.”
The late Sonia Gidley-King initiated Wrap with Love in 1992.
She collected left-over wool and some enthusiastic friends, and before long 38 single-bed-sized blankets were packed in a container of farm machinery and shipped to war-torn Mozambique.
Two decades later, the total number of wraps produced edges closer to 400,000.
Last year, approximately 25,695 wraps were distributed to 34 countries including Ukraine, Romania, Vanuatu and Uganda.
“World Vision and Mission Without Borders are two of the organisations delivering and distributing, free of charge, to these countries,” Mrs Freeman explained.
"Rotary Clubs have also become involved in the free transportation of these blankets to the warehouse in Sydney, so a big thank you also goes to them.
“We will now go into recess until May 2016, however, we do hope knitters will continue making squares in readiness for our next season.”
Clever knitters (and crocheters) who participated in this year’s Wrap with Love project gathered at the Coonabarabran Library on Monday, 3 November for a final celebration.
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