Knitting for Nelson

2016-08-09 06:00
Kensington High knitters celebrate the gift of giving with their knitting project. From left, Zoë Petersen, Rene Daniels (SGB), Terri-Lee Heuvel, Annique Williams, Trevor Jacobs (principal), Tinotenda Chinake, Linathi Ntshinka, Lameez Swail (SGB) and Tammy Benjamin.

Kensington High knitters celebrate the gift of giving with their knitting project. From left, Zoë Petersen, Rene Daniels (SGB), Terri-Lee Heuvel, Annique Williams, Trevor Jacobs (principal), Tinotenda Chinake, Linathi Ntshinka, Lameez Swail (SGB) and Tammy Benjamin.

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A group of learners at Kensington High School are becoming knitters of note – all thanks to Nelson Mandela.

What started as a project for Mandela Day in July has now become an on-going project for a group of learners at the school.

Jeanette Davids from the school explains that in the spirit of giving and empathy, 20 learners at the school knitted scarves to be donated to senior citizens in their community. “These learners, most of whom are in Grade 8 and 9, showed great enthusiasm for the project,” she says.

“Most of them had to be taught how to knit and had to sacrifice intervals to learn the skill. Community members, parents, educators and learners contributed toward the project by donating wool, knitting needles as well as knitted scarves.

“The initiative has now led to the establishment of a knitting circle at the school. The aim of this group is to embark on projects which will benefit communities or organisations in need.”

Grade 8 learner Nwabisa Topo added that the motivation for continuing the knitting circle was the response that they got from the seniors who received the scarves. “It all started with a simple knitting project for Nelson Mandela Day.

“Little did we know that our scarves would have such a great impact on the lives of the residents at Ikhaya Old Age Home in Gugulethu. The grandparents were welcoming and kind; we felt at home.

“Their gratitude shone bright like their warm smiles. The blessings they bestowed upon us warmed our hearts in the most beautiful way.

“The lessons that we took with us from this experience was that it is important for us as children to look after our grandparents. We need to appreciate them and celebrate their lives with them.

“However, the most important lesson to extract from our experience is to make every day a Nelson Mandela Day.”

Linathi Ntshinka, another Grade 8 learner, was also overwhelmed by the experience. “The project made me realise that even though I’m not good at maths, there is always something that I can do to benefit others.

“Going to the seniors home made me feel like an angel visiting elders on Earth as they were as happy as we were. They will always have a space in my heart even though it was my first time to see them. I will continue doing this to see them the following year.

“I would also like to thank Jeanette Davids for this great opportunity because I have fallen in love with knitting. I always wanted to learn how to knit, but had no one to teach me.”

Davids concluded that for their ongoing projects they welcomed donations from the public.

“Any contributions toward this project will be greatly appreciated and may be dropped at Kensington High School reception office.”

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