Local woman excels with clothes

2015-11-10 06:00
Sheila Hunter (87) receives her certificate from Gert Klaase of Age in Action after winning in a competition for handmade children’s clothing.

Sheila Hunter (87) receives her certificate from Gert Klaase of Age in Action after winning in a competition for handmade children’s clothing.

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A Lentegeur woman has won the second-best prize in a competition encouraging seniors to create handmade clothes and toys for needy children.

Sheila Hunter (87) took second place in the clothing category of the competition for the Western Cape entrants.

The annual “Pretty Things for Little Things” competition, sponsored by Shoprite and Checkers since 2003, is run with Age in Action.

The campaign encourages shop customers, especially senior citizens, to put their creative talents to work to make plush toys and goods.

Entrants can make anything practical, durable and safe that a child can wear or play with.

There are four categories, namely soft toys, blankets, clothing and other articles made from materials such as wood, tin or wire.

Since its inception 13 years ago, the campaign has distributed more than 145 000 handmade clothes, toys and blankets to children across South Africa.

While the project is open to all, senior citizens of 60 years and older who enter their handiwork stand a chance of winning generous vouchers that can be used at Shoprite, Checkers or Checkers Hyper stores nationwide.

Three winners were selected per category in each province.

Each winner received a gift voucher to the value of R2500, R2000 and R1500 respectively.

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