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It is hard to believe that we are half way through October already and yes – I think that we can say that winter is over in Melbourne!! However please feel free to keep sending in your items because the nights are cold and Foodbank is still getting requests for our kogo items. We have reached the total number of items that we distributed for the whole of last year, so we are sure to set a new record this year.


KOGO CHRISTMAS ANGEL PROJECT REMINDER

A reminder that our Christmas Angel wrapping day is fast approaching. This year’s wrapping day is on: 
Sunday November 18th 
Foodbank Victoria 
4/2 Somerville Rd, Yarraville
From 10am to 12


The gifts wrapped on this day are to be given to children living in refuges from domestic violence

We would love you to help on the day. However, if you can’t make it, you can still participate in the project by 
  • Donating a gift (for ages 0 to 15 years old) and dropping it off to your regular kogo drop off point
  • Donate money via website  
  • Donate a gift voucher 
  • Ask your local community, child’s school or workplace to run a collect-a-thon
  • Clean out your gift drawer 
  • Donate any new unused toys that your children are never going to use
  • Visiting a LIncraft store in November and make a donation to the Christmas Angel project
We need to receive your donation in plenty of time for our wrapping day on November 18th.
Please note: Lincraft stores are NOT able to accept Christmas gifts for logistics reasons.

If you have any queries about the Christmas Angel project or want to register to help on the Wrapping day, please contact Miri on 0414 970 100 or email Abramovich.miri@gmail.com
 
Many thanks to Joy Bourne for once again making these beautiful gift sets for the Christmas Angel Project and also to Ann Paul for her collaboration in buying the books.
We know that there will be a lot of happy children when these gifts are opened.
 

 ERDI TRUST FOUNDATION KNITTING PROJECT

We are very pleased with the progress of our knitting clubs. In just a short time, we have set up 12 clubs in various location.

The first Club to start was the H2H drop in centre in St Kilda. We received the following feedback from Kima who is the Health Education and Support Worker at H2H.

  • It was good fun!

  • The woman/facilitator was really nice!

  • I’m glad I know how to do this now, I mean it’s sh**t, but it will only get better!

Everyone who walked in, picked up a knitting pack and gave it a go, even if briefly. The ladies who were more seasoned knitters, (showed and helped other ladies and workers alongside Donna from Kogo.  Overall, it was an absolute success!

Many thanks to all the volunteer knitting teachers who offered their services for future knitting clubs. We have set up a database and will be in touch when we start a Club in your vicinity.

FEEDBACK FROM OUR KNITTERS:

We received this gorgeous note from Evelyn in Tasmania…

I am thrilled to know that we have a drop off spot in Devonport which is so close to where I live.  Our senior group of ladies belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in East Devonport and I will be meeting with them on Thursday morning. Already spoken to two of the ladies who are looking forward to start knitting for Kogo. The rest of the group are going to be so excited that we can knit to our hearts content and know we don't have to POST our work away. So thrilled.
 Each of our ladies is a person who didn't know how to help or who to approach, so I looked on line and found Kogo. So glad I did and those in leadership are thrilled that we now have a new project.  Thank you very much.  I can't wait to show the newsletter and patterns to them all on Thursday.

…. and this lovely email from Glenda in response to the poem that we printed in last month’s newsletter:

I am a relative newcomer to Kogo but am pleased to spread the word about the excellent work you are doing.
 Congratulations on the efforts you make in attempting to meet an ever-growing need.
 It is heart-warming and reassuring to know that amongst all the violence and selfishness, there are generous souls out there who care about their fellow human beings.
 I’m one of the foot soldiers referred to in the poem and very happy to be so.
 Well done!  Keep knitting!

 

OUR NEXT GENERATION OF KNITTERS!

After Andrea’s kogo talk to Salesian College in Chadstone last term, the Year 9 boys learnt to knit. They have worked hard all term and have completed this beautiful blanket for kogo. This picture is their presentation of the blanket to the principal at the end of term assembly. Well done boys!
One of the teachers at Doncaster Primary School has been making and donating beanies for a number of years. This year she started an after school club for the students to knit and donate beanies to kogo as well. There was a lovely article about the students in The Manningham Leader newspaper September edition.

THANK YOU FROM TWEDDLE


Thank you again from everyone at Tweddle. The blankets, toys and jumpers were beyond adorable. We love each and every article, we know that they have been knitted with love. 
I actually have arthritis in the knuckle of my right hand and I stare in awe at the amazing (and hard) work and that for some, knitting may be a labour of love. You really brighten everyone’s day. There were some new little animals this time, including a little penguin that found its way into the arms of a little girl very quickly.
Kind regards
Kerrie

Warm Regards,
Ros