Mission Without Borders
"Supporting those in desperate need"

Letter from Liz Clarke


Hello dear friends,

Having such a hot summer, it's hard to imagine the bitterly cold weather in Eastern Europe.  My husband, Barry, and I visited Ukraine 14 years ago in the middle of winter.  Someone had knitted me a long scarf, which I wrapped around my neck and face to keep me warm.  It was then I realised the urgent need for scarves, hats, gloves and blankets etc. to be sent to the children in orphanages and poor families. This is how Operation Cover Up started.


While looking out of the window from our hotel in Kiev on our last day, I saw 'diamond dust' - water particles in the air illuminated by the low sunlight, just after sunrise.  It was a kaleidoscope of colour, so beautiful.  I was in awe!!


I liken O.C.U. to what I saw from that window in Kiev.  The beauty of the work which the knitters and sewers are doing to make warm, colourful blankets and garments is bringing about a kaleidoscope of colour which is also so beautiful.  I am in awe!  Thank you everyone for making that possible through your loving work.


Our containers arrived safely in November, in good time for the coldest weather.  It's wonderful to think of the 135,000 blankets and millions of other items, that have now been sent from New Zealand to Holland for distribution, in the last 18 years.  (We are urgently looking for Coordinators for Palmerston North, Taranaki and Gisborne.  Please let us know if you are able to help with this request.)


My heartfelt thanks to everyone for making this project so fruitful.  It is so appreciated by me, by all the Coordinators around the country and Mission Without Borders. Many blessings to you all. 


Liz Clarke

National Coordinator