"Supporting those in desperate need"

Getinvolvedtitle Operation Cover Up

Keen knitters from around New Zealand are being called to take up their needles for 'Operation Cover Up'. A recent visit by a Missionary group Child Rescue International, the child sponsorship project of Mission Without Borders, revealed that children living in Moldovan Orphanages have little bedding in temperatures as low as minus 25┬░Celsius.

Liz Clarke of TaupoThis is what spurred Liz Clarke of Taupo, sponsor of a child in a Moldovan Orphanage, to start "Operation Cover Up" in Taupo in January 2000 with the assistance of friend Stella Halstead.

Liz and Stella placed an article in the local papers looking for people who: knitted or crocheted, would like to donate wool or were prepared to join squares into blankets.

4They originally hoped for 67 blankets to cover one orphanage, but were delighted that the final total was 240 blankets!

Encouraged by the enthusiasm of people in their own town, they felt sure that other towns in New Zealand would like to carry on the momentum of what had been started in Taupo, as it had mushroomed far beyond their original expectations For those involved it gave a sense of being able to help these children so far away whose needs were so great.

By 2013, there are over 100 coordinators and hundreds (probably thousands) of knitters through out New Zealand and the range of items going to these needy children, families and others has widened from blankets to quilts to toothbrushes and toothpaste, sports equipment and stationery, sewing craft needs to name a few.