Wrap With Love began in 1992 when Sonia Gidley-King was moved by the plight of Mozambiquan refugees portrayed in a TV documentary to use up old wool in making blankets to provide warmth for 'cold humanity'. She and her friends sent thirty-eight wraps that first year. 2017 is the 25th anniversary of that first consignment and now some 400,000 wraps in total have been distributed. In 2016 28,587 wraps and 37,415 squares were received and wraps were sent to Syria, Cambodia, the Philippines, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Australia. A particular size and shape has been chosen as being the most practical to give warmth to an adult.
Public libraries have long been associated with Wrap With Love, firstly as collection points and later as knitting locations. This library was first involved in 2010. In 2011 440 squares including five completed wraps were sent away. In 2012 this climbed to 638 squares including nine completed wraps and in 2013 741 square equivalents including seventeen completed wraps. By now the tradition of having Brooke Daniels, breakfast presenter with radio 2CR, as special guest on the last morning was well established, ABC radio also being a strong supporter of Wrap With Love. Brooke also took the wraps and squares back to Orange for us.
|One of the 2016's colourful wraps displayed by Jenny, Lola, |
Jeanie, Dot, Shirley and Roma
|Week 3, 2017, and Sandra, Sonia, Jan, Virginia, Cathy, Jenny|
and Roma displaying two different styles of wrap.
Congratulations to all who have been involved. It is expected that "Knit, Natter and Nibble" will continue next year in some form so the knitting needles and crochet hooks certainly won't go into retirement!!
|That's what twenty-six completed wraps look like!|