Granny knits the chills away

2016-06-21 06:00
Aunty Gairoe Isaacs, right, describes herself as an 80-something-year-old who can’t stop helping others in the community. Here she hands out one of their blankets to Belinda Moosa of The Haven Seniors Home in Woodstock with assistance from District Six Charity Knitters chairperson Fairuz Achmat-Basaardien. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Aunty Gairoe Isaacs, right, describes herself as an 80-something-year-old who can’t stop helping others in the community. Here she hands out one of their blankets to Belinda Moosa of The Haven Seniors Home in Woodstock with assistance from District Six Charity Knitters chairperson Fairuz Achmat-Basaardien. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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As the Winter chills and spills spread through the peninsula there’s an 80-something-year-old leading some ladies to make the winter warmer for the needy in the Woodstock area.

When Aunty Gairoe Isaacs celebrated her 80th birthday in 2012 she decided that taking a rest from an active life was out of the question.

That is when she decided to start The District Six Charity Knitters and from humble beginnings it just keeps on growing.

Gairoe took some time from her busy schedule of delivering blankets at the Seniors Home in Essex Street to explain how the idea started.

“I’ve always loves working in the community,” she says.

“When I turned 80 I thought, what now? I can’t get around like I used to and that is when I said to myself, “I can knit!”.

“I knew that there are always people out on the street, in old-age homes, night shelters and care centres who will welcome a blanket to keep them warm.

“As I started I invited three neighbours to get involved but now there are about 30 members involved.”

Chairperson of the group, Fairuz Achmat-Basaardien, adds that they have supported organisations in various areas ranging from the GH Starke Home in Hanover Park to The Haven in Woodstock.

“Where there is a need we will give them warmth,” she says.

“We always have projects that we are knitting for so we welcome more knitters or donations to keep us knitting. “At the moment we organise cake sales and karaokes to raise funds with Aunty Gairoe also knitting baby goods that she sells.”

For more information about the group or donations that are needed call Fairuz on 078 415 2008.


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