July 31, 2019
Written by Jamie Loh
At Arcare Sanctuary Manors, a group of ladies called the Knatting Knitters seat themselves each week in the lounge room and together they put their fingers to the wool and bring out much chatter reflecting on their life’s experiences.
They knit and yarn and help the Brisbane Needy – a not-for-profit charity helping those in need. Each item donated is given directly to help and assist another human being. Donations are given to premature babies, the homeless, indigenous groups, the elderly, medical centres, hospitals, youth, children and anyone who is unable to put their hand up for help.
Our ladies have knitted many wonderful items. The group started with knitting colourful squares that are then woven into blankets, along with colourful warm beanies, baby blankets and a selection of fashionable scarves and design cardigans – all of which on the agenda for our Sanctuary Manors Knatting Knitters group.
It is a free group to join where anyone can come along and pick up knitting needles and some wool and give it a try, or just arrive for some friendly conversation.
What you can count on is that everyone helps each other, those that are experienced with the knitting needles are quick to assist and encourage others, especially encouraging the younger carers on duty to join in.
Brisbane Needy is well known for its charity work to assist those in need. They are at the forefront this winter in distributing warm comfy items to help another human being feel warm in their body and in their spirit.
Paying it forward is not just about giving a few dollars, I believe it is about coming together to collectively pursue a passion of helping others one yarn at a time.
Well done to our ladies! What a fine example you set for others and we thank you.
Kathy Willmington, Volunteer at Arcare Sanctuary Manors
Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in early 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community and some internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent, varied communications to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and those living in wider communities. Jamie utilises a broad array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness. Jamie is passionate about improving engagement between those who are enjoying their retirement in Arcare residences and family and friends who live in the wider community. She is always advocating for new methods of communicating, including new strategies and mediums. After graduating from Brisbane State High School in 2014, Jamie attended the University of Queensland where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications (Public Relations) and Arts (Japanese). During her time at the University of Queensland, Jamie attended an intensive exchange program at Waseda University in Tokyo for two months.