Celebrating a charitable achievement - crafty residents at The Laurels Retirement Village have reached the remarkable milestone of completing 400 knitted wraps for international charity, Wrap With Love.

Members of the Mount Barker village’s ‘Chat and Craft’ group celebrated the feat with an afternoon tea in the village’s community centre.

Since 1992, Wrap With Love has provided over 400,000 wraps to needy people in over 75 countries, including Australia.

Independent living resident Dorothy Heath began knitting squares for single-bed-sized wraps in 2008 and was quickly joined by a charitable team for weekly knitting afternoons.

The group has since completed over 11,200 squares, which are forwarded to needy recipients worldwide via the charity’s Sydney headquarters.

Dorothy said knowing the wraps go to those in need was a satisfying feeling.

“On a trip to Ethiopia in 2012 I visited a hospital and saw two young mothers with a colourful, knitted wrap swathing their tiny twin babies, which I found very touching,” she said.

Included in each wrap is a square featuring a knitted kangaroo and a label stating, ‘A gift from Wrap With Love, Australia’.

“For some recipients, including children, it’s the first gift they have ever received,” Dorothy said.


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