Having a yarn with our crafty citizens
Wed, 27/03/2019 - 08:45

Local Concord women are stitching up a storm for charity while having a yarn as part of their Monday meet up.

Mayor Angelo Tsirekas celebrated the Concord Senior Citizens Club members who meet weekly to create hand-crafted items for those in need.

“The generosity and hard work of these women is truly inspiring. Last year alone the group donated over 280 knitted and crocheted items to Westmead Children’s Hospital. Blankets, scarves, toys and jumpers were given to patients of all ages,” City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said.

This year so far, the group has created and donated 20 knitted items to Ronald McDonald House and 17 items to Burwood Community Welfare Services Inc. including beanies, teddy bears, toys, socks and balls.

“The members of Concord Senior Citizens Club Inc. are exceedingly grateful  to the City of Canada Bay, not only for the facility they have provided for our activities, but also for their generous community grants, over a number of years,” said Barry Ford, the Club Treasurer.

Through community grants from Council, the club have been able to purchase wool to create these hand knitted items for various charities.

“We are proud to have supported Concord Senior Citizens Club through our community grants program for 15 years,” Mayor Tsirekas said.

Canada Bay Council also provides the Concord Senior Citizens Centre building free of charge for club members to meet together, and Council staff work with the club on the annual NSW Seniors Festival program.

“Community facilities play an important role in our city. They provide places where people from a range of backgrounds and interests can interact, places where the community can build relationships and a community identity, places and resources where residents can meet, learn, recreate and grow,” Mayor Tsirekas said.

“Our community facilities, just like Concord Senior Citizens Centre where the handicraft group meet, are the focal point that strengthens the life of our community making it socially sustainable.”

“The club offers activities ranging from handicraft, quilting, gentle aerobics, ballet and tap to the very vigorous table tennis, so there is something for all to try at Concord Senior Citizens Club,” said Barry Ford.

The handicraft group meets each Monday 9-11:30am at Concord Senior Citizens Centre (Corner of Bent and Wellbank Streets, Concord) and are always looking for new members. For more information, phone 9743 5793.

Photo caption: City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas with Concord Senior Citizens Club members.

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