Busy Bees knitting for babies

Our Busy Bees Angels  have buzzed up 4777 hours of knitting aroha in the last 12 months! Gathering to share their craft  and ensure many more of our babies are warm and healthy with woolen blankets , Angel Sacks and cosy clothing these Angels are truly worthy of some halo polishing! 

We heard a lovely story today of a lady calling to say her 92 year mother would love to knit for the Busy Bees. Our Angel, Jenny gathered up yarn, baby cardy pattern, and needles. The sweet old dear found it too difficult to manage now. Her daughter decided to have a go, and now she’s knitting! Not giving up on her,  Jenny visited the mother with our pattern for Angel Sacks and pure NZ wool. Now the old honey is delighted to find she’s able to manage this type of knitting. Yay! She’s feeling useful and engaged and connected again! 

So not only do we deliver warm clothing and blankets, but over twenty beautiful retirees meet and socialize, share and re-energise each other. This keeps their overall wellbeing boosted: mentally , physically and socially.  That is buzzy awesomeness!

Pop over to our Angel Shop if you’d like to help by sponsoring some wool or  Angel Sacks for babies.

lady's hands doing knitting

We were super privileged to celebrate the amazing life of Dame Whina Cooper with her mokopuna and whānau from across the motu. Not only were we graced with the company of Dame Whina’s whānau, we also had Co-Director Paula Whetu-Jones with us.  We were all moved and inspired by the story of this incredible wāhine, brought to life in the biopic ‘Whina’.  

For so many years we have had Dame Whina Cooper’s quote on our wall:  “Take care of our children. Take care of what they hear. Take care of what they see. For how the children grow, so will the shape of Aotearoa.” 

So true. What we invest in our children now will reap rewards in the future.

After a warm and heartfelt powhiri from our local hāpu, Ngāti Rehia, we shared kai and had an exciting auction showcasing the auctioneering talents of a local rangatahi.  Nick is a senior at Kerikeri High School and with the support of super generous sponsors, he helped us raise over $10k!  

Watch this great slide show of the event– [By clever Laura Bolt from Kids and Co Photos] 

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