Last lot of knitteds for group stalwart

BRITTANY PICKETT
Last updated 11:30 07/08/2014
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WARM CARGO: Tanya Kay and Hanny Aurik prepare to send their Operation Cover-Up knitted goods to Eastern Europe.

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Southerners are furiously looping and crocheting to help children in villages and orphanages in Eastern Europe to keep warm.

Operation Cover-Up has been running in Southland for the past 12 years, and this year after organiser Hanny Aurik and helper Tanya Kay have farewelled the blankets and jumpers on their trip, Aurik will be stepping down from her managing role.

Aurik has been making a difference to children left without parents and homes in Eastern European countries such as Moldova and Romania since the operation started.

"I'm interested because I went through the war in Holland and I know what it is like to be cold and miserable so that's really why I wanted to do it," she said.

Every year the group sends up to 500 blankets and knitted clothing overseas with the help of a farmer's baling machine and TNL Transport who take the knitting to Christchurch.

To pay for their annual shipment, the group fundraises by displaying their work.

This year the display is being held at Stobo Hall on August 8 with special guest Andrew Wilkes from Mission Without Boarders who run the annual mission.

He will speak about his experiences while travelling to Eastern Europe and meeting the children they help.

Aurik said she was happy to be passing the torch on to the First Presbyterian Church and would continue to work in the background.

"I would like to thank all of the people that do the knitting very much for helping because I couldn't do what I'm doing without their help," she said.

COVER UP

What: Southland Operation Cover-up display

Where: First Presbyterian Church, Stobo Hall.

When: August 8 at 10am.

Who: Southland Operation Cover-Up

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