Throughout last week, Liesl Harmse and some of the other ladies from Team Red were knitting away for Topsy. Here’s how they spent their 67 minutes – and then some!

“The Topsy foundation is a non profit organisation which works with those affected and infected by HIV/Aids in impoverished rural communities in three of our country’s provinces. This Selinah advert is a great real-life example of just how important the work that they’re doing is.

One of their main areas of focus is to make provision for the needs of the children and orphans who have become vulnerable due to HIV and AIDS. To this end, and considering the recent cold snap we’ve just emerged from, the idea of some warm woolen items made with love would come in handy during the icy winter months.

A team of ladies all eager, raring to go and barely able to wait to get hold of the wool and needles to begin their contribution to this cause, gathered on the Ogilvy campus to collect the necessary material to accomplish the task ahead of them. Some have already managed to start knitting their little baby jerseys, booties and squares – that will eventually be stitched together into toys and blankets. All of these are being donated to the Topsy Foundation and distributed to those who are desperately in need of the knitted items. There’s a definite click of knitting needles in the agency as the quest to complete as many winter warmers as possible begins.

This group of knitters consists of a mix of beginners as well as advanced knitters with a request for help here and there: for assistance in getting started, casting off or just to check on a team mate’s progress.

Amid the excitement and evident sense of camaraderie within the team is the sense of greater purpose. Here we are in our warm jerseys and jackets with heaters close-by and out there is a little child who so desperately needs exactly what we take for granted. My heart aches as I knit my squares and in my mind I resolve to make this a habit, a hobby which will fill spare moments all through the year and bring some warmth and comfort and hopefully a hint of the love put into this endeavour to help someone in need.

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