KNITTING FOR GOOD
This year sees us mark the 19th anniversary of our nationwide Guardian Angel knitting program. We could not be prouder of the work our Angels have done over the years to generously provide winter clothing for the less fortunate. For the 105,000 people living on the streets of Australia, winter is a hard time. This year, we are excited to announce that we have partnered with the St Vincent de Paul Society to ensure that your precious items are passed to those who need it most during the colder months. The St Vincent de Paul Society was established over 170 years ago by likeminded individuals who wished to share their time, energy and care for humanity to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged people. This compassionate outlook, enthusiasm and vision continues today in Australia, with more than 40,000 members and volunteers working to assist people in need and combat social injustice. Guardian Angels are this year invited to knit or sew garments for people facing homelessness and disadvantage. These items will be distributed at Vinnies services and sold in Vinnies shops to raise money for their welfare work across Australia between 17 July and 31 August, 2017. We believe that by seamlessly working with this hands-on volunteer service, the Guardian Angel program and the St Vincent de Paul Society can work together to give dignity and comfort to vulnerable Australians.
HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE
To become a Guardian Angel all you have to do is visit your local Guardian Pharamcy and pick up a copy of your free knitting book. Select an item from the knitting book. Next, take your special donation to your local Guardian Pharmacy by Thursday 31 August 2017 and your Pharmacy will distribute it.
SMALL THANK YOU
Once again, we would also like to thank Spotlight for providing the patterns found in the knitting book. Their continuing support has been an integral part of the Guardian Angel Knitting Program. Additionally, this year, we are thrilled to have the support of the St Vincent de Paul Society. We would also like to thank Followmont Transport, Kings and Victorian Freight Specialists for their generous support of the Guardian Angel Campaign by helping us get the knitted items into the hands of those who need them most. Through these important partnerships, we are breaking down barriers, one step at a time. If you have any knitting queries, contact Spotlight on 1300 305 405. For your nearest yarn stockists visit spotlight.com.au. For more information on the St Vincent de Paul Society, please visit http://www.vinnies.org.au.
A NOTE FROM THE ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY Victoria CEO
Sue Cattermole “The St Vincent de Paul Society is grateful for the support of Guardian Angels across the country and I would like to thank the many volunteers who have lovingly knitted garments for Australians facing hardship. We aspire to shape a more just and compassionate society – one which challenges inequality, and is welcoming of all people without judgement. The Guardian Angels program exemplifies this vision, by giving the gift of warmth, comfort and dignity to those on the margins of society. Your commitment to partner with Vinnies will assist us to rebuild and restore the lives of many Australians in need and we thank you for your generosity.”