Knitting for ANZAC

Members of the QEII Senior Centre’s Knitters and Crotchet group, Perdita Kellett, Diana Keighram, Pat Parker, Audrey Varley and Jan Macey.

Members of the QEII Senior Centre’s Knitters and Crotchet group, Perdita Kellett, Diana Keighram, Pat Parker, Audrey Varley and Jan Macey.

It was a sea of red poppies at the QEII Senior Centre’s Knitters and Crotchet group.

Over 200 poppies have been knitted to be sold at ANZAC Day activities with all proceeds going to RSL and Legacy.

Local knitter Diana Keighran knitted a total of 105 poppies.

“It takes me around 20 to 25 minutes to knit one poppy but it’s easy,” she said.

“It gives me a chance to do something different.”

With close to 40 hours of knitting time from Mrs Keighran, her friends in the knitting and crocheting group all pitched in a large amount of time and effort as well as donating all the wool to the project.

The local group knit items which are distributed all over the Mid West and throughout the state for those in need.

The group’s items, such as rugs, baby clothes, beanies and trauma teddies, go to local nursing home Nazareth House and local hospitals as well as King Edward Hospital in Perth.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor, Ian Carpenter, praised the work of this local group.

“This group is continually giving back to the community both locally and state-wide,” he said.

“The whole community is getting behind the ANZAC Day from school groups, to ex-servicemen and many community groups.”

The QEII Senior Centre’s Knitters and Crotchet group meet every Friday from 9am to 12. Everyone is welcome.

You can purchase your own knitted or crocheted poppy for a gold coin donation at the ANZAC Day services on Saturday at Birdwood House or at Camp Gallipoli on Friday which will be held at Bundiyarra.

You can find out more information on ANZAC Day activities by visiting the City website www.cgg.wa.gov.au