Helping hands – Students get crafty
Article from The Stonnington Leader
Published Tuesday 29 September:
STUDENTS at St Catherine’s School in Toorak are putting their heads and knitting needles together to help survivors of the Nepalese earthquake.
Following a speech given by a doctor who had visited communities devastated by the natural disaster earlier this year, students were in-spired to knit blankets to keep people warm during winter.
“Dr Erik Janssen talked of his medical work with the non-profit organisation Trek Medic, which medically supports and cares for communities in Nepal,” Year 10 dean and co-ordinator of the Knitting for Nepal project Vasiliki Spanos said. “Dr Janssen specifically felt that the blankets knitted by St Catherine’s School students would be most dearly appreciated by those who had been affected and lost everything.”
Spotlight has donated 450 knitting needles and 1400 balls of wool in support of the cause, which will see students knit 100 blankets by November. Two workshops were also held by the company where students were able to hone their skills.
“The enthusiasm and gusto with which we have started the project has been mind-blowing,” Ms Spanos said. “We were speechless by this display of kindness.”