Knitwear among items for sale at Lealholme fete

GOOD CAUSE: Joan Fisher, second from left, and Millie Stieg display knitted dolls that will be sold at the fete. Other items are being held by Lealholme lifestyle assistant Abbee Finlayson, left, and volunteer Gloria Hosking. The fundraising 'barometer' is in the background.
GOOD CAUSE: Joan Fisher, second from left, and Millie Stieg display knitted dolls that will be sold at the fete. Other items are being held by Lealholme lifestyle assistant Abbee Finlayson, left, and volunteer Gloria Hosking. The fundraising 'barometer' is in the background.

Is knitting making a comeback? Or did it never disappear?

Examples of the pastime are on show at Lealholme aged home, in Halliday Street.

A couple of dolls were displayed by residents Joan Fisher and Millie Stieg.

The pair were promoting the home's yearly fete on September 29.

Mrs Fisher is looking forward to the occasion and used to cook various goods for the fete.

Another supporter, volunteer Gloria Hosking, knits many items for the event.

The group hopes to raise money at the fete in a campaign to buy a new bus.

Residents plus volunteers, staff and family members gave $30,200 in the past seven months.

Most of the money was collected at events including a country music afternoon on August 18. It raised $2212.

Another $56,800 is needed to reach the $87,000 target for the bus.

The bus will allow more residents to go on social outings and make it easier for them to attend appointments.

It would seat up to nine passengers compared with five in the existing bus.

The fete will feature a string of market stalls selling home-made baked goods, arts and crafts, and knitwear as well as live entertainment and activities for children.

Lealholme's residential services manager, Shirley Waldhuter, said it would be a chance for residents and the community to have fun for a good cause. She said the bus would be an important addition to the home.

"Many of our residents enjoy going on social outings to the shops, parks or other areas around Port Pirie and being able to transport our residents is important," she said.

"Our residents often like to visit places where they hold fond memories. It also allows them to maintain a connection to their neighbourhood."

Ms Waldhuter praised those who had contributed to the campaign and was excited to see how the fete would boost the target.

Events held so far have included a "cakeless" stall, which raised almost $1000, a garage sale and barbecue that yielded $1060 and a bingo night which contributed almost $1600.

Jenny Schimek, Julie Stanwix and Abbee Finlayson started the fundraising committee.

They have gathered funds for other projects including the home's new chook house - $2000 raised - and the new central garden project - $10,000.

The home will kindly accept more donations towards the cost of the bus and anyone interested in contributing should contact Julie Stanwix or Jenny Schimek on 8638 3555.

Come along to the fete to check out the "lost" art of knitwear.

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