Sewing community spirit one garment at a time

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GUARDIAN Pharmacy Glenorchy Central and Rosetta are among the Guardian Pharmacy stores that have launched its 22nd annual ‘Knitting For Good’ program in partnership with the St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies).

The Knitting For Good program sees new and experienced local knitters, called ‘Guardian Angels’, come together online to knit garments such as beanies, scarves, jumpers and gloves for the homeless and other vulnerable people in the community.

The knitted garments are inspired by the Guardian Knitting Pattern book, which releases new pattern designs each year and is available on the Guardian Pharmacy website.

Rosetta Guardian Pharmacy retail manager Coryn Barry-Murphy said the program was encouraging community members to make a difference and break isolation boredom with a meaningful group project.

“Knitting can provide engagement with others by sharing patterns and ideas, or simply a social chat over a cup of tea,” she said.

“It promotes wellbeing and creativity, while helping the community.

Glenorchy Central Guardian Pharmacy retail manager Leanne Beaumont said the program relied on the time commitment by dedicated individuals or groups of knitters.

“We have an amazing group of dedicated elderly ladies who put their hearts and souls into producing beautiful garments to donate to those less fortunate,” she said.

“Our Guardian Angels program aims to bring our community together, especially now where people may feel isolated and gives our participants a sense of community.”

The donation drop off points for completed garments will be scheduled for next year, due to current physical distancing guidelines, and then will be distributed to those in need by Vinnies.

“We know from our work with Vinnies that homelessness doesn’t discriminate and can affect anyone and what’s heartwarming to see at times like these, is just how the Australian community bands together to support one another,” Head of Guardian Kurt O’Brien said.

“Our Knitting For Good program is a great way to get behind and connect with your local community during isolation while bring warmth and comfort to others.

“Knitters are also encouraged to share their crafty creations on the Guardian Pharmacy Facebook page with the hashtag #knittingforgood2020.”

For more information on the Knitting For Good program and how Glenorchy and locals can get involved this year, visit https://www.guardianpharmacies.com.au/guardian-angel.

Caption: From left, Guardian Pharmacy Glenorchy Central staff Rina Nand, Donna Batchelor, Rachael French, Gil Thomas and Leeanne Beaumont.

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