Crafty ladies give back to community

Hub staff Chris Hietbrink, Sarah Hunt and Sonia Shipman with Helen McDonald from the knitting group
30th Jun 2020
Janelle Stewart

A group of Guyra knitters and crocheters are justifiably proud of themselves. As well as crafting gifts for family and friends, they have raised over $700 so far in 2020 for Guyra’s Neighbourhood Centre, The Hub.
The original idea behind the group was as a social outlet, but it was decided that they could also raise money for charity while enjoying the company of friends. The group meet once a week on Thursdays between 2 pm and 4 pm, usually at the Guyra Library.
The Library has been instrumental in handling the sale of the group’s craftwork, but with the lockdown restrictions additional sale points at Brisk Trading and the Burgess Garage Shop have ensured that funds to help our local community can still be raised.
In previous years they had sent their money overseas supporting the work of the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation in Ethiopia. However, they decided to give a helping hand closer to home after seeing how many in our community were struggling due to the drought and bushfires.
They chose to direct their profits to assist with the work that The Hub was doing to support those who were doing it tough.
Coordinator at the Hub Chris Hietbrink said that it was a huge and very welcome surprise to receive the money from the group and they have been able to put it to good use.
“The money has been used to purchase fuel and grocery vouchers which we have been able to give out to people in crisis,” Chris said.
“Even that little bit of money goes a long way to help provide vouchers for those in need and is very blessed contribution for the Guyra community that we are very grateful for.”