Spreading cheer to those in need

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The tannies of Rose Village in Rooseveldt Park, under the guidance of Doreen Smith and Joan Mooney have been passionately knitting scarves, beanies, blankets, gloves and jerseys for the past 8 years in order to spread warmth and love to thousands of impoverished and neglected little ones around Gauteng.

The Wool Project, as it has become known, entails the donation of wool by friends of Sesego Foundation, which is then personally delivered to the Tannies for them to work their magic and produce high quality winter garments for distribution to the most vulnerable in our societies. The beneficiaries who at last year's count were in excess of 10 300, range from the disabled children to HIV/AIDS orphans and the elderly. Last year, another 2 100 items had already been collected and will soon warm the hearts and lives of people in need. Geographically, the project has reached every corner of the province – including Hammanskraal, Soweto, Eldorado, Greymont, Krugersdorp, Lynmeyer, Midrand, Hammanskraal, Kameeldrift, Alexandra, Alberton, and the greater East Rand.

“On behalf of the beneficiaries of the Wool project, I would like to thank the tannies for their incredible work, passion and kindness. I am always amazed by the swiftness at which they produce these garments and it is easy to see the amount of love, creativity and thought that has gone into making each and every one of them”, said Annemarie Mostert, CEO and founding member of Sesego Foundation the facilitator of the donation of the wool and the distribution of the clothing. Sesego Foundation acknowledges the significance of the wool donations made by friends of Sesego Foundation in spreading the warmth of love to the less fortunate in winter and the Tannies for contributing to spreading cheer all over.

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