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Knitting donations reach Nepal

KNITTED blankets and clothing made by people across Campaspe Shire are helping keep needy families in Nepal warm.

About 140kg worth of blankets, children's jumpers and baby rugs was recently delivered to the small village of Batase and distributed to families who were affected by an earthquake.

And it was all thanks to Bamawm's Kaija Pedler, 17, and Wyuna's Simon Pell, 16, who took up the Knit for Nepal project through their Rivergums (Echuca, Kyabram and Rochester) Venturer Unit.

The teens collected about 6800 knitted squares (making 140 blankets) over six months last year, with donations coming from around the shire and the state.

After several months of searching for economical and reliable ways to get the goods to Nepal, the teens found Cairns-based Som Tamang and wife Susan who founded the organisation Friends of Himalayan Children.

''Som comes from the small village of Batase in Nepal, where the closest school is two hours' walk downhill and four to return uphill,'' Simon said.

''Batase, like many other rural villages, was badly affected by the 2015 earthquake.''

Som and Susan have an arrangement with Malaysian Airlines for a certain amount of free freight each year to transport donated goods Nepal, bypassing the notoriously expensive and corrupt customs system over there.

''We still have another batch of about about 30kg of blankets to send once they are completed.''

They thanked everyone who knitted, crocheted, collected and sewed squares together and donated yarn.

''You have shown someone on the other side of world in desperate need that they are cared for,'' they said.

''You have shown how ordinary people can achieve something extraordinary by working together.''

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