I'm a Freelance Writer - MPG Communications and Author - Maria P Frino (pen name).
Celebrate and Wrap Yourself in Humanity
25 YEARS OF VOLUNTEER KNITTERS' WRAPS WARMING THE NEEDY. Come along and witness twenty-five years of passion for humanity at the 'Wrap with Love Exhibition' from Friday May 26 to Sunday May 28 at Commune Waterloo.
Warehouse Wrappers at Wrap With Love Alexandria warehouse. Photo collage by Marie (MPG Narratives) using photos from website.
This bighearted organisation, 'Wrap with Love' is celebrating 25 years of sending knitted wraps to people in need throughout the world. Sonia Gidley-King came up with the idea of knitting squares to be made into blankets to provide warmth "for cold humanity" after watching a story on war-ravaged Mozambique. From humble beginnings of 38 wraps knitted by Sonia and her friends, there are now over 400,000 wraps sent to 75 countries worldwide.
This is an amazing achievement for an organisation run wholly by volunteers who believe in Sonia's vision of "a positive organisation that crafts blankets for those around the world in desperate need of warmth. Our motto is 'Helping to save cold humanity'."
The Late Sonia Gidley-King, founder of Wrap with Love
Sonia began with a stash of old wool, some good friends and an urge to make this idea of warming the needy work. There were all sorts of problems like logistics, how to get the blankets to those most in need, where to store them and who, apart from her friends, were going to make them.
With an incredible amount of persistence, persuasiveness and confidence Sonia solved these issues as well as organising Community Aid Abroad to help ship the initial 38 wraps to Mozambique.
The culmination of 25 years of inspiration will be celebrated with a history of the organisation highlighting Sonia's vision, the sheer hard work of the wonderful volunteers and photos of the recipients being warmed by the generosity of knitters Australia-wide.
Here is an example of a 'knit-in' -
More information about knit-ins and how to join one, or other ways to you may be able to help are available on the Wrap with Love website.
Australians in need also benefit. 75 countries worldwide have benefited from blankets knitted by Wrap with Love volunteers.
Get yourselves organised and be inspired by this exhibition, it's a must-see for knitters, crafters and givers.
How to get to Commune Waterloo, which is on Bourke St - By Car: There are three parking stations nearby - two on Danks St and one on Defries Ave. Street parking is limited. By Bus: Routes 493, 343 or M20 By Train: Green Square and Redfern are the closest stations.