Women form a tight-knit group
By TOBY WALKER
MOST afternoons, the activity room at St Catherine's Villa retirement home buzzes with chatter as a group of residents busy themselves with the task at hand.
The seven women who sit together drinking coffee and knitting aren't just there to pass the time, they are the core of a production line that is helping the community's abandoned and injured.
Each day around 2.30pm, the women get together to carry on their work knitting small pouches which are then donated to the WIRES animal rescue service to be used to comfort young joeys taken in for care.
But WIRES might not have had the help of the women from St Catherine's had staff at the Taronga Zoo taken time to put a simple thank you letter in the post.
The idea had originally been to send the pouches, which take about two hours to knit and sew, to the Taronga Zoo.
But the women of St Catherine's Villa never heard back from the zoo after sending through a large package with numerous examples of their needlework.
After a short break in production, St Catherine's Villa activities officer Susan Dawson suggested to the women that they resume their work to help WIRES instead.
Ever since, the women have been glad to use their knitting to help and have already received a thank you card from WIRES for their efforts.
But a wool shortage is threatening to slow the output of the St Catherine's Villa knitting circle.
If you can donate wool to help keep the production line moving along like a well-oiled machine then please call St Catherine's Villa on 6642 4255.