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 Ngaio Marsh Retirement Village - Operation Cover Up

Operation Cover Up is a New Zealand wide organisation, started by a lady who saw cotton blankets being used in an orphanage. It was decided to use surplus wool in New Zealand to give these children some warmth. Romanian born group member Freda became interested because Romania was mentioned. She then started an Operation Cover Up knitting group at Ngaio Marsh about 8 years ago.

Usually 10 people meet every Monday for an hour. Garments are knitted depending on the quantity and type of wool. There is a need for wool, especially to make boys jerseys. Knitting patterns for children’s garments are also needed. Squares are made into blankets which are urgently needed. Freda takes the knitted squares to a collection point where they are sewn together.

Then the garments and blankets are sent overseas packed in wool bales. The knitting group has seen the video of this being unpacked at the other end. The children have looks of delight on their faces as they receive these garments which are often the first time they have something of their very own.

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