Knitted goods donated to centre

2019-12-03 06:00
Kevin Southgate, Betty Saunders, Kathy Duval, Mercia Duval and Sofiya Jenkins.

Kevin Southgate, Betty Saunders, Kathy Duval, Mercia Duval and Sofiya Jenkins.

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The Sunrise Special Care Centre received a special donation of knitted items from three senior ladies who wanted their work to go towards a good cause.

Betty Saunders, Kathy Duval and Sofiya Jenkins were escorted to the centre in Elfindale by Mercia Duval, to deliver their goods.

The trio, two of which celebrated their 90th birthdays this month, said knitting has been part of their lives for as long as they can remember.

Betty said: “I started knitting toys when I was a little girl, and I just love it so I spend all my spare time knitting.”

Kathy said the idea came about recently and ward 72 councillor, Kevin Southgate was able to help them.

“We just decided in this year. I said let’s knit for the underprivileged children and so we did,” she said.

Adding that senior activities are a priority for him, Kevin said: “Given the work that the seniors are doing, we’re looking at our ward allocation and we’re looking to see if we can make a sum of money available to actually purchase wool and all the other knitting stuff they need. That’s part of the projects for this particular year.”

Rosemarie Duval is currently the main donor of the wool the ladies use to make their socks, jerseys and soft plush toys.

Hein Kruger, the centres manager, said he and his five carers provide daily support for the young adults and children with disabilities in Retreat, Lavender Hill and Capricorn.

He said he is appreciative of the kind gesture and is sure that parents of the youth in their care would be thankful for the donation.

What remains a concern for the centre, however, is the lack of funding and volunteers.

Hein explained: “It’s not easy here, and people may think that government sponsors cover the costs, but it is never enough.”

He encourages the community to get involved with local care centres, because all the help and support counts.V Call the Sunrise Special Care Centre on 021 712 1445 to find out how you can help.

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