'What an incredible show of community spirit': local knitters thanked

GOOD CAUSE; Oberon Council staff members Sharon Swannell, Leanne Pointon, Tamara Coghlan and Sarah Culley helped with the project.
GOOD CAUSE; Oberon Council staff members Sharon Swannell, Leanne Pointon, Tamara Coghlan and Sarah Culley helped with the project.

OBERON knitters have been thanked for their generosity after they donated more than 170 items in a campaign to help people affected by cancer.

Coronavirus forced the Cancer Council to come up with new ways to support people, which included the Knit For Cancer campaign, which was spearheaded in Oberon by mayor Kathy Sajowitz.

Cr Sajowitz put the call out to community members, inviting them to "get yarned and dangerous".

Wool was donated from locals and, throughout August, people could drop their beanie or scarf to a basket located at council.

SUPPORT: Rhonda Boyce donated yarn as well as a number of knitted and crocheted beanies

SUPPORT: Rhonda Boyce donated yarn as well as a number of knitted and crocheted beanies

"While we are all spending a little more time at home due to COVID-19, this is the perfect time to give a little of ourselves to those undergoing challenges in their lives," Cr Sajowitz said.

Cancer Council's community relations co-ordinator Katherine Bodiczky said she was overwhelmed with the generosity of the Oberon community.

"What an incredible show of community spirit, with the town donating over 170 items to Knit For Cancer. It was so touching to read the comments and messages of hope from the Oberon community attached to the items provided," she said.

Ms Bodiczky said the beanies and scarves will be sold to raise vital funds for research, prevention programs and support services and a portion will be donated to Cancer Information Centres.