Knitters are some incredibly generous people, and so many do it purely for charity; Knit-a-square has been uniting knitters via their new podcast.
Johannesburg, South Africa (25 March 2021) – Knitting for charity is an enriching task. One can knit anything their imagination will allow for. From knitting beanies and scarves for the homeless to knitting little octopus teddies for premature babies, the ways to give back are endless.
Knit-a-square (KAS) is a South African organisation that works to keep orphaned children warm. Leanne Hunt, who has played a vital role in the organisation, now runs a knitting podcast that discusses all things charity and knitting.
Leanne has worked tirelessly to make sure that children get beautiful blankets to keep warm during the winter and decided that running a podcast would be the perfect way to unite during the lockdown.
The organisation has a global reach, with people sending in knitted squares from all over the world. The squares are then turned into blankets for orphans.
“Our mandate is to gather squares sent from all around the world, turn them into blankets for the deprived and vulnerable children of South Africa” – KAS
There are an estimated 1.4 million orphans in South Africa, many of them as a result of losing their parents to HIV AIDS. The number is growing – over 500 children a day become orphans. This is a terrible and mostly unrecognised human tragedy. The orphans live in terrible poverty. They need love, shelter, food, education and warmth. Many charities are working hard to provide the first four. The knitters of the world can provide the last.
The knitters send in squares 8 x 8″ (20 x 20cm). It takes minimal time and wool to make up these squares, so if you do not have enough to make a whole blanket, even one square is welcomed.