Another year has flown by - I continue to marvel at the support of you our wonderful volunteers whose generosity is never ending!
2018 ITEM DISTRIBUTION
This year has been another record year for kogo.
The total number of knitted/crocheted items distributed this year was an amazing 90,350 (i.e. 15% increase on 2017) including nearly 6000 blankets.
We are proud of our continuing partnership with Foodbank who helped us distribute over 42,000 items to those in need.
AGE IS NO BARRIER
This beautiful collection was donated by Carrum Downs Retirement Village WAGS group. Their crafters include a 90-year-old, a 92-year-old, plus many others in their 80’s!
Syd is 93 years old and has been a knitter since he was six!
THOUGHTS FROM A KOGO KNITTER
kogo is a beacon of love and hope in a world where there is so much unfortunately challenging so many. It for me is a wonderful privilege to be able to make a difference with the scarves I knit, also being part of the kogo family which you started from such a small beginning to now including an ever-growing number of many, many knitters sharing the same passion as I have.
NEW DROP OFF POINTS
Shop 15, Crossways Shopping Centre
180 Rokeby Road
Subiaco, Western Australia
PH: 08 93814286
Geelong Regional Libraries
Cnr Moa St and Cox Rd
PH: 03 52752388
I would like to express my thanks to my wonderful supporters who have all helped in different ways – Nova Pharmacy, Advantage Pharmacy, Jemark, Lincraft, Wondoflex Yarn Craft Centre, Foodbank Victoria, H & L Hecht Trust (managed by Perpetual’s Impact Program), Cooper Investors, Pratt Foundation, Grosvenor Foundation, Balwyn Rotary Club, Bendigo Bank and The Eva and Les Erdi Humanitarian Charitable Fund.
One of the more complex tasks that we do is turning your beautifully knitted/crocheted squares into incredible blankets. Many thanks to Joy Manners and her merry band of helpers who sort all the incoming squares and strips and of course the volunteers who have assembled rugs from donated squares and strips during 2018. These rugs have been eagerly received by many who have found these blankets both warm and comforting.
There are far too many knitting groups and individual supporters to name, but I appreciate and thank you all for your fantastic efforts. I love it when you tell me that you have achieved your own record for the year! I am constantly overwhelmed and humbled by the effort and love that you put into making these hand knits which are made to give to a total stranger. The acknowledgement that we receive from the organisations who distribute our items to their clients is a testimony to how much needed and appreciated your contributions are by those in the community who are struggling to make ends meet. Occasionally we receive thank you notes from the recipients themselves and these inevitably bring tears to my eyes. We can never overestimate the warmth – both physically and emotionally – that a hand-crafted item brings to a person in need!
kogo could not run without our amazing team. My heartfelt thanks go to all the members of the kogo team whether it be the volunteers who collect the donations, those who come on Tuesday mornings to sort, label and pack the items or our delivery drivers. You all play a vital role in making sure that we get our beautiful donations out every week.
In particular, I would like to thank our team leaders:
Lee Ridder – general co-ordinator
Di Gunn – administration
Miri Abramovich - Christmas Angel project
Vicki Davis – orders co-ordinator
Andrea Zilberman – Community education officer
Many thanks also go to Daniela Spilkin who has been coordinating our Facebook and Instagram accounts this year. Daniela has done an amazing job in lifting our profile on Social Media. We will miss her, but we wish her well in her new role in the real world!
We welcome Jordan Bloumis who has come on board to take over from Daniela.
We have many exciting new ideas that we are at looking at implementing next year. More details to follow in upcoming newsletters:
- Expansion of our knitting clubs for socially isolated groups
- An anti-bullying awareness project in conjunction with Lincraft and the Alannah & Madeline Foundation
- Joining a new donating platform called “Impact Pay”
We look forward to your continued support next year.
Wishing you Merry Christmas, all the best for the Holiday Season and a Happy and Healthy 2019.