In August, 2004, Pamela Tatt started a Yahoo Group to offer her crafting skills to help others in Australia.
Since then she has been joined by many others and in December, 2009 the group was granted Incorporation as an Association by the Australian Government.
Membership of the Yahoo Group, which now constitutes our list of volunteers, has grown to in excess of 1000 like minded crafters, who all self fund their work and post the finished items to various centres around the Country as per our current Charity of the Month Calendar.
Volunteers also support charities privately, within their local community. Some of us go out with Food Vans and personally hand out items to those in need, which is a very humbling and heartwarming experience.
Our Volunteers are the most wonderful, generous knitters, crocheters and sewers from across Australia and around the World. Each and every one supplies their own materials and gives freely of their time to make the most beautiful items. Most of them are also more than willing to post items to our Charity of the Month projects all at their own expense.
The aim of the Knit4Charities Inc. is to share ideas and patterns, give support and friendship to fellow volunteers, and together source needy charities around Australia.
Many friendships have been formed both on and off the Internet. Regular meetings, or Knit and Natters as we call them, are starting up in various areas. The list of charities we are supporting is continually growing!
There are many, many organisations who benefit from donations of knitted, crocheted and sewn items - check the list of Charities we have helped
Charity donating can be done anywhere, at any time, and so our principles can be applied to any country in the world. We welcome interested people from all over the world to join our group. We are happy to share our ideas to get you started donating within your own community and to share stories, patterns etc. with you. At present we have members in the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and Mozambique -- all helping to make a difference!
We now have 3 dedicated State Branches who support local charities and have a wonderful network of helpers. I welcome everyone to join Knit4Charities main group but if you live in South Australia, Western Australia or Tasmania you may also like to join those State groups.