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Wednesday June 6, 2018


Knitting to keep babies warm

From left Warming Hearts co-founders Victoria Dickinson and Amber Izzard, both mothers and midwives – keeping Kiwi babies warm. PHOTO: Supplied

Saturday June 9 is World Knit in Public Day and Spotlight and the Warming Hearts Trust are launching a joint campaign to keep Kiwi babies warm. Warming Hearts is a charity which aims to ensure every New Zealand baby goes home warm and stays warm. On Saturday all Spotlight stores, including the branch at Kaiwharawhara in Old Hutt Road, will mark World Knit in Public Day by inviting New Zealanders to participate in a series of in-store events. They will be creating hundreds of knitted blankets and essential items of clothing to be made into bundles and gifted to

parents in need. The charity was founded by three women, all mothers and midwives, who know the struggles that many New Zealand families experience. “Babies in New Zealand are leaving the hospital unclothed and cold, with no safe bed to sleep in, often living in damp and cold homes,” Warming Hearts co-founder Victoria Dickinson said. Having Spotlight supporting their vision is “a dream come true”, she says. The bundles of essential, warm clothing and bedding are created by volunteers, craft, knitting and community groups, then distributed by a midwife network in a safe

and private and way. The partnership with Spotlight across all 18 stores nationwide will extend the reach of their work beyond Auckland. The costs of national distribution have been limiting and having Spotlight’s multiple drop off points means more babies will be warm this winter. So pick up your needles and head down to Spotlight on Saturday. The store will provide patterns for garments and will also be collection points right through June. The charity mainly focusses on items made from merino, wool and cotton and are requested in sizes premature to six months.

Young speechmaker bound for nationals Janhavi Gosavi, a student at Newlands College, has won the Lions District Young Speechmaker competition held recently in Masterton. “My speech was called ‘Poster Children,’” said Janhavi. “In it I explored how society glorifies students who are seen to be ‘perfect’ in terms of grades and reputation, as well as raising the question of whether or not being a poster child is worth the pressure and stress”. Janhavi found out about the Lions Young Speechmaker Competition through her school’s debating coordinator. She said she especially wanted to take part as this was her last year at high school. Lions Club Youth Director Judy Marbeck said that Janhavi now has the chance to listen to other young speechmakers from across the country when she competes at the

nationals in Christchurch. “I’m grateful to Lions for creating opportunities like these,” said Janhavi, “And to the Johnsonville Lions club for sponsoring me” Judy said the local group is positive about promoting local youth, and providing leadership opportunities for them. She was pleased that a number of club members could travel to Masterton to support Janhavi. “The audience heard a wide range of well-delivered quality speeches. They were both entertaining and thought provoking.” Club president Stephen Cook intends travelling to Christchurch to support Janhavi again. Winning the national contest there would be rewarded with a six-week Janhavi Gosavi: travelling to natrip to the USA and Canada, being tional competition in Christchurch. hosted by local Lions members. PHOTO: Supplied.

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