Resthaven Murray Bridge resident, Mrs Betty Preece, has been knitting away for the ‘Real Time Heart-Based cause’ of ‘Knit a Care’, a community project where anyone can contribute towards knitting squares for those in need.
Knitting individual squares, participants mail them to the Real Time Heart-Based, where the founders, Tricia and Nigel, personally knit them all together.
These blankets are then sent to various organisations, to be distributed amongst those who are doing it tough – showing the power of a community that comes together.
‘Betty and her daughter, Tracey, have been significant and valuable contributors to our project, so far helping form five hundred blankets that have been put together and donated to the needy,’ says Tricia.
‘Tracey donates a lot of the material, and Betty knits the squares to send to us! They’re the dream team.’
Tricia and Nigel contacted the team at Resthaven Murray Bridge, asking if Mrs Preece would like to be featured on their May live zoom session with the Real Time Heart-Based community.
‘We were thrilled to visit her for a live Zoom on Saturday 22 May at 3:30 pm. We had a good chat with her and learnt so much about what it means to give.’
Mrs Preece explained, ‘I wasn’t too bothered about going live, but I was happy to do it to spread the word about what Knit a Care is doing for the community.’
‘The best part was when Tricia said to me, “Oh look, your daughter’s watching!”, after only a few minutes of starting. I was speechless!’
‘While I have always enjoyed knitting, I came up with the idea to start up a knitting group for Knit a Care at Resthaven Murray Bridge. Encouraging other residents to keep themselves busy and give back to the community.’
‘Having started on 2 June, half of the group were excited to be involved in the project while the other half were going just for the banter!’
If Mrs Preece’s contribution to Knit a Care has inspired you, visit their website here and start knitting yourself!
Established in 1935, Resthaven is a South Australian not-for-profit aged care community service associated with the Uniting Church in Australia.
Every day, Resthaven shares the lives and wisdom of older people and their carers, opening doors to the full range of aged care service options available.
Services are provided throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Murraylands, Riverland, Fleurieu Peninsula, lower Barossa region and the Limestone Coast of South Australia.