The "leprosy knitters" with their lovingly handmade pieces. Photo: humedica/Ruth Bücker
Women’s group knits on for a good cause
For more than 30 years already, 25 women from Krumbach and the surroundings meet every second Wednesday at the parish house of St. Michael’s in order to knit and crochet together for a good cause. From 2 to 4 pm, the merry group creates colourful blankets, children’s clothes and baby shoes, which they donate, for instance via humedica, to needy children and families.
During the past winter season, from October 2012 till April 2013, the knitting women thus produced about 80 blankets, 23 pullovers, 15 pairs of socks and 21 pairs of shoes for charity projects.
More than three decades ago, Elisabeth Ganz, the wife of a Krumbach businessman, founded the “women’s group knitting for leprosy St. Michael” in order to support a leprosy hospital in Tanzania. The knitting women have pursued their goal of assisting people in need up to this day.
“Our parish assistant, Mr Komm, told us about the relief organisation humedica. We are happy about this opportunity to do something good with our blankets”, Ms Marianne Zauner, the leader of the knitting group, explains. At the beginning of this year, in the course of the humedica campaign “blankets for Syria”, 40 unique blankets knitted by these active women had been donated to destitute refugees of the Syrian civil war as a gift both of warmth and charity.
Needless to say that, apart from knitting and crocheting, the participants also enjoy chatting and catching up on the latest news. “It’s so nice when we’re all together”, finds “leprosy knitter” Lina Dörner. “We really enjoy our meetings, especially our big meetings at the beginning and end of our winter knitting season, when we organize a coffee and cake party together with the knitting group of the parish Maria Hilf.”
The women’s home-made donations are by no means a matter of course. Each of their lovingly handmade pieces is a unique result of a lot of time and effort. According to the participants, one blanket is composed of 48 individually made patches of wool. Each of these patches requires one hour of work on average, which means that one single blanket is the result of about 48 hours of work.
Ms Huber, a long-time member of the group, even went on with calculating. According to her calculations, one handmade blanket is the result of, believe it or not, 125.000 stitches.
Whoever has made so many stitches can go into the summer break with a clear conscience. On October 23rd, 2013, the “leprosy knitters” will start again with their bi-weekly meetings and, with their homemade works of art, will give pleasure to many people in need again.
If you appreciate the invaluable work of the “women’s group knitting for leprosy St. Michael” and would like to support their work by means of a donation in the form of wool or money please contact our humedica spokesman Steffen Richter by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0049 – (0)8341 - 966 148 45. Please continue to assist us in giving warmth and confidence. Thank you so much!