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Benalla Knitting Group is preparing to ship 1500. item to Melbourne charity

Benalla Knitting Group is preparing to ship 1500. item to Melbourne charity

In December 2020 Ensign reported on Benalla’s Helen Kerekes and her knitting group of 10 dedicated members who were busy making hats for Melbourne charity Kogo.

In the following months, they have continued to knit, and the group has grown to 40 volunteers from all over the Northeast, who are sending their 1500th item to charity.

And Helen said it wasn’t just her knitting group that was growing.

“The charity I deal with, Kogo, when we started, had the 17 charities they supported, now they support more than 300.

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“They send goods to homeless charities, charities in the home, Royal Melbourne Hospital and various charitable children,” Kerekes said.

“Recently, we sent our 1000th item down, and there are about 500 others here at the moment waiting to go out.”

The group has also diversified and makes a range of knitted goods to support the charities that Kogo distributes to.

“We make scarves and fingerless gloves,” she said.

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“We do things for premature babies at Royal Melbourne Hospital. These are things like tiny little hats and soft toys.

“And members of the group come up with new ideas on what to knit all the time.”

Mrs Kerekes now has volunteers as far away as Bega and Deniliquin in NSW.

“We also have a 93-year-old in Cobram, Dorothy. Her daughter is dropping everything she has done, ”she said.

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Mrs Kerekes said she had no idea how much wool the group had used until now – but they could always use more.

● If you have wool you would like to donate to the group, or if you would like to offer your knitting skills, you can call Kerekes on 5762 5386.

You can find out more about what Kogo does at www.kogo.org.au

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