Wool for Wonders launch

Jerseys knitted and distributed to various organisations at last year's Wool for Wonders campaign.

The battle of the beanies has begun, after the Wynberg Girl Alumnae Association launched its annual Wool for Wonders campaign on Wednesday.

It runs until mid-August. The campaign has been going since 2012 and encourages people to knit warm winter clobber for the needy.

The items are donated to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Tin Mugs, Heavens Nest, Little Angels, Nazareth House and other organisations.

In the past, more than 20 000 garments have been made and distributed.

Competition is particularly fierce among past pupils of Wynberg Girls’ High School, Wynberg Girls’ Junior School and the surrounding communities.

Knitters churn out baby beanies, knitted toys, sleeveless vests, booties and long sleeve jerseys for babies and toddlers, among other gear.

There will be an inter-house challenge and square knitting contest at the Wynberg schools.

Less dexterous knitters can contribute to the cause by making knitted squares for baby blankets. The Wynberg Girl Alumnae Association also welcomes donations of wool and needles from those who cannot knit.

All knitted items can be dropped off at Wynberg Girls’ High School marked for the attention of Ms Stokell.

For queries, call the school at 021 764 2200 or Deidre Schultz at 082 785 3930 or email info.wogu@gmail.com.