14 May 2009: Blankets of friendship knitted by Australian Catholic University (ACU) Canberra Campus staff, students, friends and families have been delivered to those affected by the Victorian bushfires.
ACU Student Association Social Justice Group, led by Naomi Jacob and assisted by Mrs Margaret Carmody from Student Services, initially collected knitted squares in the hope of making one blanket.
Donated wool and needles were distributed among students and staff, with some literally emptying their wallets to make a contribution for the wool.
The first square was completed by a student overnight and since then, a steady flow of 20 x 20 cm squares has been arriving at university reception some coming from as far away as Adelaide.
“It very quickly became obvious that we would have a lot more squares than we needed to make just one blanket,” Mrs Carmody said.
Each blanket has taken about 10 hours to stitch together and another four to five hours to crochet the border – resulting in more than 165 hours of work by many different people for each rug.
A total of six blankets were produced in shades of pinks, purples, blues, greys and autumn colours.
The blankets have been donated to the Lions Club of Traralgon, who were involved in providing catering for the Country Fire Authority (CFA) during the fires and are now assisting the many families who lost their homes and possessions in the area.
“Each of these blankets will go to families who lost their homes in the fires,” Mr George Johnson, Director of Lions, Traralgon, said.