For the past seven years Wembley Uniting Church has been running a Craft Group, which meets at the church on the first and third Friday mornings of each month.
Although, in the beginning, the idea was for each member to choose their own craft, one particular project soon became the focus of the group’s activities. This was crocheting rugs and knitting teddy bears for the local not-for-profit charity, Wheelchairs for Kids.
Initiated by the Rotary Club of Scarborough in 1998, Wheelchairs for Kids consists of a large team of volunteers who assemble wheelchairs in a warehouse in Wangara. These are then distributed free to disabled children in almost eighty under-resourced countries. To date, they have made over 30,000 wheelchairs. The rugs are a valuable addition to the machines, which also go with soft toys and small tool-kits.
Each year close to 100 rugs have been donated, including some made by ladies who are not able to attend the Craft Group in person. Anybody who is interested to join may contact Thelma on 9444 9285, and would certainly be made welcome. For more information on Wheelchairs for Kids visit http://wheelchairsforkids.org/wheelchairs-for-kids/.
Image: Some of the colourful rugs made for Wheelchairs for Kids but the Wembley Uniting Church Craft Group.