Wool appeal brings record response

I WOULD appreciate the opportunity to publicly thank your readers for their generous response to my club’s appeal for unused balls of wool.

We have received a record 182 replies from readers and we now have enough wool to produce more than 1,700 items of knitwear for poverty-stricken children in developing countries.

The main consignment of 1,250 items will be taken by a team of three ladies from this club who will be going to villages in the Andes in Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, next Easter.

The remaining items will be taken to Romania by a young lady from Durham University, who my club is sponsoring to work there as a volunteer.

Age UK now has 120 knitters working on these projects and their weekly output is truly impressive.

I wish that they could actually witness the look of delight on the faces of children, who literally have nothing, when they are given brightly-coloured hats, scarves, gloves and jumpers.

My members will, of course, be taking photographs and videos when they are abroad that will be shown at future meetings of Age UK in Whitley Bay.

JIM COULTHARD

President

The Rotary Club of Monkseaton Centenary