Cool Harmonies choir director, Yvonne Corstorphin will feel like Santa when she delivers a bagful of locally knitted clothes and toys to orphan children in Uganda next month.
Since mid-last year Peregian Beach Knitting & Crochet Group members have been passionately clicking their needles to create beautifully crafted beanies, jumpers, rugs and toys, using wool donated by the Peregian Lions Club.
On Tuesday, Yvonne collected an incredible 415 knitted items – 81 toys, 166 children’s jumpers, 130 beanies, 16 pairs of baby booties and 22 blankets – to pass onto children in poor villages and orphanages in and around Kampala, Uganda’s capital city.
“This wonderful collaboration between three local community groups will once again bring smiles to the faces of many children,” said Yvonne, who is travelling to Uganda in April as part of the 2013 Kwaya Australia singing tour.
“We are very excited about this project as it’s the second year in a row that members of our choir can personally deliver these hand-knitted items. We can see for ourselves what a difference it makes, and it’s equally rewarding for the knitters.
“The visit involves working closely with the African Children’s Choir, with many of the children coming from very impoverished backgrounds. We are also able to donate a number of these handcrafted pieces to the children’s families, providing them with much needed support,” she added.
While in Uganda, the Kwaya group will meet the children who will be touring Australia later this year, with Cool Harmonies hosting the African Children’s Choir from 26 August-1 September.
Whilst here, they will participate in a music workshop with local primary school children and perform two public concerts in Coolum.
The Peregian-based Knit and Crochet group was established in 2011 and since then, their members have lovingly created close to 3000 items.
With a little help from the Peregian Lions’ yarn donations, the group has been able to distribute their hand-made creations to nursing homes, soup kitchens, men’s shelters, Sunshine Butterflies, children going to court, children in hospital, refugees, indigenous communities, domestic violence victims – and orphans in Uganda.
The knitting and crochet group meets in Peregian Beach and welcomes new members and donations of wool and equipment. For more details, contact Maureen Harmony on 0419 399 932.
The Cool Harmonies community choir has grown into a choir of more than 60 members and is currently encouraging budding male singers to join them in sharing their uplifting sounds. For further details visit www.coolharmonies.com