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Knitters' Guild NSW Inc

News Desk

2010 Guardian Angel Knitting Program

Guardian Pharmacy is asking Australians to turn their knitting needles to a good cause with the 12th Guardian Angel Knitting Program kicking off on 1st May and running until 31st July 2010.

Each year, the three month program encourages Australians to knit warm clothes, blankets, scarves and other garments, which will then be donated to The Salvation Army.

People wanting to become a ‘Guardian Angel’ can visit their local Guardian Pharmacy to pick up a free pattern book, full of helpful hints and tips on different garments to knit. Finished garments can then be dropped back at any Guardian Pharmacy throughout Australia before 31st July 2010.

Details of the Guardian Angel Knitting Program are as follows:

WHEN: 1st May to 31st July 2010

HOW: Pick up a free pattern book from Guardian Pharmacies and knit for someone in need

WHY: To help The Salvation Army support Australians in need with knitted garments

“Studies have shown that the repetitive action of knitting can help lower stress levels, so for a practical and stress-relieving way to help fellow Australians in need, take flight as a Guardian Angel this May through July,” said Angie Moore, Guardian Pharmacies Australia.

Custodian of all things knitted, Guardian Pharmacy will be collecting the garments and blankets dropped back at each store and, in partnership with The Salvation Army, give them to Australians in need.

Major Brad Halse, Communications Director for The Salvation Army, says: “Last year, through the Guardian Angel program, we were able to provide over one hundred thousand knitted garments to help individuals and families who were experiencing difficult times; in 2010, we are encouraging all Australians to get involved again and knit a gift for someone in need.”

Spotlight has again joined the campaign as a partner, supplying patterns and discounts on wool through the 2010 Guardian Angel Knitting Book for all participants.

For more information on the Guardian Angel program or to find your nearest Guardian Pharmacy store location, please call 1300 888 666 or  log on to www.guardianpharmacies.com.au.