Haverhill café owner’s Christmas jumper benefits charity
Café owner Harry Zachariou asked peace knitters using Deja Vu to make him a mad Christmas jumper and he would give them charity cash.
The result was a garment featuring the silliness of a festive sweater, which he exchanged with a cheque for £100.
Volunteers have been meeting at Déjà Vu every Monday between 11am and noon hoping to enlist more knitters for the Knit for Peace charity.
It sends wool, needles, knitted garments and blankets out to areas where the need is greatest for warmth and occupation.
One of the volunteers, Greta Palmer said: “Donations of money are vital, and Harry’s cheque will help to fund the setting up of knitting groups abroad.
“We also welcome knitters who want to join us. Many older people enjoy knitting and to do it for a good cause is very rewarding.”
Recent news from Rwanda has been that their group has now set up as a business and has won a contract to knit jumpers for the local school.
This peaceful occupation, having brought together hostile communities, is the reason why the Haverhill Peace Group decided to promote this charity, and the people of Haverhill have responded magnificently.
During 2014 eleven car loads have been delivered to the charity’s headquarters in NW London.
Knit for Peace grew out of an initiative of The Charities Advisory Trust – a project developed in Rwanda and India which brought together the women of traditionally hostile communities to knit clothes for street children and orphans.
The charity now distributes regularly to over eighty outlets including hospitals, refuges, refugee drop-in centres, community groups, hospices and developing countries. It is estimated that the charity now has over 11,000 knitters aged 8 to 102!