After seeing the work her cousin does for babies, new moms and moms of still-borns, Marion spent two years knitting to fill a box with baby clothes.


South Coast, Kwazulu-Natal – A group of women from Margate, Riverside, Village, Mbango, Banners Rest and Port Edward bowling clubs knit, sew and crochet items for babies. They collect them and had the clothing items out to new moms in need.

The organisation is called Bowlers 4 Babies was established in May of 2013 and has continued to support moms in need. What started out as a small project for the respective bowling clubs, has turned into a beautiful project that is open to anyone who wishes to assist the moms of KwaZulu-Natal.

One of the founders inspired her very own cousin to knit and crochet items for the project. Marion was helping her cousin after knee surgery and saw the work that Bowlers for Babies were doing. When she went back home to East London, she started knitting items to send to her cousin.

She placed a large box in her home and started filling it with jerseys, booties, hats, blankets and sleeveless vets. Once the box was full, which took her two years to do, Marion sent the box to her cousin in Durban.

“Marion has been knitting and crocheting since then (two-years-ago) and today I received a large box filled with all her efforts – 24 jerseys with hats and booties, 4 blankets and 5 sleeveless vests. All beautifully knitted in fine soft wool in lovely patterns. I didn’t know that we had such an accomplished knitter in the family. Thank you so much, Marion.

Marion has had a tragic life. The saddest occurrence was the murder of her younger daughter near Port Elizabeth 5 years ago but Marion is brave and the light of her life is her 20 year old grandson. She continues to support 5 learners at her local rural school and reads to their classes regularly.

This is typical of the true South African spirit – no matter what adversity is thrown at us we continue to help those less privileged than ourselves.”

Bowlers 4 Babies were delighted by the donation and many send loving thanks to Marion for her efforts. If you would like to support the group, you can contact them via Facebook here. Not only do they knit items for babies, but they also support moms who have birthed still-borns.

Sources: Facebook
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