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Wed Sep 03 08:58:22 SAST 2014

Gogo's teach Danny and David to knit

Louise McAuliffe | 04 June, 2010 11:010 Comments

The Gogo Trust knitting circle engaged the industrious hands of Danny K and David Tlale to assist them in creating the world’s largest soccer support scarf.

“I can’t knit,” said musician Danny who was discovered having coffee in the area. He was immediately roped in to make the circle bigger.

“We’ll teach you,” said Gladys Marite, one of the founding knitters back in 2007 when the Gogo Knit concept was conceptualised.

Marite is one of 60 ladies from Vosloorus, Soweto, Thembisa and Polokwane who settled themselves under the winter sun and went about the task at hand. These ladies are part of a group of 450 who have found employment since January this year, through the knitting initiative.

Also in good hands, fashion designer David Tlale who happens to be a trustee of Gogo Knit was receiving instruction from 87-year-old pensioner Kate Thabethe, who has produced more than 200 beanies since February this year.

“I was a nurse for 15 years at the Garden City Clinic before I retired. I am so pleased to have found something to keep my mind active and to earn some extra income,” said Thabethe.

Industrious knitters earn R50 for every completed beanie that they produce and are sold for R120. All proceeds from the sales go back into trust and are used to create future employment and skills transfer training. Part of the sale proceeds also covers the cost of the beanies and knitted goods that are handed out to disadvantaged children.

Another project currently at hand is the production of 13,000 soccer fan beanies that the trust plans to hand out free to vulnerable children countrywide throughout June and July.

Designer Tlale has been active in recruiting knitters for the trust. He visited his local church in Vosloorus to spread the word.

“I care about making people’s lives better. Here we provide an opportunity for unemployed people to earn an income and they decide just how much they want to earn,” said Tlale.

“I am really looking forward to seeing lots of the Gogo Knit Trust’s knitted goodies on the streets and in the stadiums as the FIFA 2010 World Cup games begin.”

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