Stawell craft group supporting charity

Stawell resident, Carmel Loats, is leading a campaign to provide ongoing support to charity.

Carmel Loats with some of her handmade teddy bears, blankets and beanies to support the Royal Children's Hospital and Save The Children Australia.

Carmel Loats with some of her handmade teddy bears, blankets and beanies to support the Royal Children's Hospital and Save The Children Australia.

Mrs Loats, who has been working with the Royal Children's Hospital for the past eight years, knitting a variety of garments, teddy bears and blankets, conducts a craft group each Wednesday at the Stawell Bowling Club along with friend Pam Eckel, where residents can gather for a knit, sew and a chat.

The idea is to continue the support for the Royal Children's Hospital, along with Save The Children Australia.

Mrs Loats said it was very rewarding to be able to assist such worthy causes.

"My son had an experience where the child of a friend was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and was admitted to the Royal Children's Hospital," Mrs Loats said.

"We put our heads together to come up with ways to provide more support and I started knitting various items. It has just taken off from there."

The craft group is now on the lookout for more members and also donations of wool.

Mrs Loats said many residents had half balls of wool laying around, or full balls that have just been sitting in the cupboard, never to be used. These are exactly what the craft group is looking for.

Residents are encouraged to attend the Stawell Bowling Club from 10am each Wednesday to join in the craft group. They can bring their own project to work on, or assist with the charity work. They can also bring their own lunch.

Anyone with scrap wool is asked to contact Carmel Loats on 5358 2784 or Pam Eckel 5358 1868.

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