Mini Vinnies are knitting to help

THE St Joseph’s School ‘Mini Vinnies’ have been helping to knit blankets for the less fortunate in Port Lincoln.

The group meets each Monday in their lunchtime to knit squares that can be joined together to create winter rugs.

Year 3 student, Rachael Hudson, is only new to the school, but said she joined the Mini Vinnies because it is fun and they get to help the local community.

“It is fun learning to knit with my friends, and something I really enjoy.

“I like knowing that while I’m knitting, I am also helping other people.”

The program is supported by volunteers from Port Lincoln’s St Vincent De Paul Society that help to teach and support the knitting initiative each week.

Mini Vinnies coordinator Jane Morris said that the volunteers eventually join the knitted squares together to create the rugs for those in need in the community.

“Volunteers from Vinnies generously give up their time to pick up the occasional slipped stitch.

“They also share their knowledge, skills and patience with the students who are very keen to learn and improve their knitting skills.”

The school has had parents and grandparents dropping off their own squares to help the cause, but said the wider community was welcome to join in.

Donated squares can be made using any coloured eight-ply wool and by casting 30 stitches until they are a square consisting of 30 rows.

Squares can be dropped into the school’s office anytime throughout the year.

Members of the group will also visit the Matthew Flinders Day Centre this term to collect donated squares.

In warmer months the primary students engage in a number of activities such as helping to sort buttons and ensuring jigsaw puzzles have all their pieces before they are then sold in the local St Vincent de Paul shop.

St Joseph’s School has been running the Mini Vinnies for a number of years with the help of the local community and St Vincent de Paul Society.