As well as our local outreach work in our community, we also support other charities or causes.  Various fund raising events will be arranged to support those charities and details of the events will be posted here and / or on our Calendar.

Knit-a-Square

children like this need your care

Knitting squares is such a simple humble thing to do but it can have far reaching consequences and can help change lives.

 

'Knit-a-Square' is a small charity based in South Africa and seeks to bring a bit of warmth and comfort to AIDS orphans of which there are several million in South Africa alone.

 

It was started by Ronda Lorrie who saw a need in her community and responded to it. What she saw was children wandering around in winter (it does get down to freezing and below around Johannesburg) so she started buying cheap blankets but the need was so great there was no way she could really make that much difference.

 

She had close family in Australia who gained skills in web design. Whilst she was visiting them they came all came up with a plan. The idea was simple to encourage knitters from around the world to knit some squares which could be sent to South Africa where they could be sewn up into suitably sized blankets.The Australian family built a web site and Ronda went back to South Africa and organised volunteers. So Knit-a-Square was born and now people from over forty countries are sending knitted or crocheted 20cm/8 inch squares to help keep orphaned children warm.

 

When a child receives a blanket each one is told that they are loved and they matter. It is not only blankets they need. Beanies sweaters and soft toys are also needed

 

Several people in St Paul's have been inspired to be part of this charity. I must mention Mary Hopton Pugh who has knitted 2000 squares! That is 57 children who have a lovely blanket to keep them warm when it is cold! Rev Roger Hides has also been inspired to take up his needles at our vision day.

 

If you would like to know more and want to be part of this simple charity go to www.knit-a-square.com where there is lots of information pictures and instruction.

 

(Contact Jenny Smith at St Pauls for any further information)