Knitwear will go to orphans and the needy

Operation Cover Up Dunedin co-ordinator Shona Bovey adds to donations for this year's campaign....
Operation Cover Up Dunedin co-ordinator Shona Bovey adds to donations for this year's campaign. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Hundreds of Dunedin yarn lovers have spent countless hours with crochet hooks and knitting needles to create special somethings for those in need.

Operation Cover Up, now in its 10th year, is a national New Zealand charitable organisation which provides knitted garments for orphans and needy families in Romania, Ukraine and Moldova.

Blankets, hats, scarves and clothing were in demand in these countries, where temperatures in some regions often dropped to a bone-numbing -20degC, or colder.

Dunedin co-ordinator Shona Bovey said about 300 garments had been made by Dunedin people so far, with hundreds more expected.

Donations will be sent to Christchurch in mid-August, before being shipped to the Netherlands in two containers in mid-September. The goods would then be trucked to Eastern Europe by Mission Without Borders.

Shipping costs, which came to about $10,000 per container, were covered by donations and fundraising activities.

Mrs Bovey would gratefully accept any donations of wool, knitted garments, toy blocks in good condition, or new bedding and clothing, by the end of the month.

To contact her, phone (03) 489-6397.


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