Mullewa to Mongolia – children’s gifts close the gap

Photo Caption: The Mullewa ladies show the their knitted garments (left to right) Colleen Bone, Maureen Rowe,
Shirley Flynn, Noeleen Steele
It’s a long way from the small farming community of Mullewa in Western Australia’s mid-north to Mongolia, but the handiwork of a group of talented knitters has closed the gap. The Mullewa Arts and Craft group, which meets once a week and enjoys making a variety of handicrafts, including sewing, knitting and  embroidery, has completed a  labour of love for children living at Ulaanbaatar’s Lotus Children’s Centre and needs support to get their gifts to Mongolia. Five of the talented craftswomen and knitters, Colleen Bone, Maureen Rowe, Shirley Flynn, Noeleen Steele and Ena Morrissey have been busy over the past few months knitting rugs and jumpers with the finest of skills and the best quality wool. Now they need help to get their
woollies to Ulaanbaatar in time to warm the children during the country’s typically freezing winter. The total weight of the gifts is eight kilograms and sponsorship is being sought to cover the postage or freight of the box from Western Australia’s capital, Perth to Ulaanbaatar. The craftswomen have been supporting children in a rehabilitation centre on Flores, Indonesia with stuffed toys, blankets and other handicrafts since 2005 and now have stretched their reach to Central Asia. Between them they have 27 children, 63 grandchildren and three great grandchildren and find helping  other children in far away places an additional pleasure. Colleen Bone from Mullewa said, “I prefer knitting to other handicrafts and with the idea that the finished items will go to other needy countries,  it is even more rewarding.”  Noleen Steele from Geraldton, who’s specialty is knitting garments with patterns, said, “ knitting for children is special when you know it is going to warm children in such a cold climate  The knitting ladies provide all the supplies themselves and donate their time as an honorable act of goodwill. 
Potential sponsors for the freight can email Lee Campbell leecampbell@me.com for further details

source: The Mongol Messenger newspaper


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