Every second Monday the sound of knitting needles clicking away fills St Mary’s Hall in Corowa.
But even louder than the sound of knitting needles is the conversation between a group of women who come together for the one cause – knitting squares for the Wrap with Love charity.
People around the world, some from their home and others in group settings, knit squares for the charity which are joined to form blankets.
The blankets are sent to the Sydney head office for overseas distribution.
Corowa’s Carmel Packer became involved with the charity about 24 years ago.
“No one knew how to get them to Sydney, so I organised the transport,” she said.
“We put some on the train but that didn’t last long and now we use Canny Carrying Co in Wangaratta.
“The company provide this service free of charge, which we are very grateful for.”
Carmel said the group meets every second Monday to put their knitted squares, some donated to the group from the public, together into wraps.
Each year about 200 wraps from Corowa are sent to the Sydney warehouse.
“We have 101 rugs completed this year so far and we are on track for 200 by the end of the year,” Carmel said.
The Corowa group like to make their wraps distinctly Australian and so one of their members, Maisie Filliponi, knits a square with a kangaroo on each of their wraps.
This year marks 25 years of Wrap with Love.
The charity started out with 38 wraps in its first consignment.
Now, 25 years later, the total is more than 400,000 wraps that have been distributed to all parts of the world.
Members of the Corowa group all agreed that the social aspect kept them returning every second Monday.
“We have a great bunch of women and we welcome any others who would like to join our group,” Carmel said.
“The good thing about knitting is that you can carry on a conversation while your hands are busy working and that’s good because there’s a lot of chatter that goes on here.”
Anyone who would like to join the group or contribute knitted squares can phone Carmel on (02) 6033 0996.