Guardian Pharmacy has launched its annual Guardian Angel Knitting Program together with the St Vincent de Paul Society
This year’s project marks the 23rd year of the initiative, and the fifth year Vinnies is involved.
The program is designed to help support Australians in the community experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.
The Guardian Angel Knitting Program encourages local community members to come together to knit a range of warm, woollen garments that are then donated to Australians in need or sold in store at Vinnies, with all proceeds going to towards funding for other Vinnies volunteer programs such as soup vans.
Head of Guardian, Kurt O’Brien said, “Each year, our passionate network of Guardian pharmacists rally behind the Guardian Angel Knitting Program and encourage their local communities to get involved in providing warm winter essentials for disadvantaged or displaced Australians.
“While COVID-19 restrictions last year impacted the distribution of the Knitting Book to online only, we saw unprecedented levels of Australians, of all ages, band together to knit a range of garments that will be collected with this year’s garments to help those most vulnerable in the community keep warm.
“In fact, last year’s social lead, grassroots campaign served more than two million impressions as Aussies in their droves sought new ways to remain connected to the community, while finding innovative ways to occupy their time in lockdown – so we can’t wait for a bigger and better program once again with so many passionate volunteers already on board.
“The program has continuously evolved over the past 20 years as we’ve kept close to what these community members need, beginning with garments such as woollen jumpers and pants, to now more versatile pieces including scarves, gloves and blankets; which provide warmth and comfort to a universal size and age range of those experiencing homelessness.”
This year, the Guardian Angel Knitting Book aims to symbolise the challenging circumstances that Australians experiencing homelessness find themselves in every day.
The designs include rigid, light blue buildings that reflect the need to find a warm place in the cold, winter months juxtaposed against swirling, orange tones to signify the gruelling heat experienced throughout the summer months.
CEO of St Vincent De Paul, Victoria, Sue Cattermole said, “We’re now in our fifth year of partnering with Guardian Pharmacy on their Guardian Angel Knitting Program and we are honoured to continue this partnership.
“These garments lift the spirits of those who receive them. The generosity of the volunteers in this program continues to impress us year after year.
“We know that winter can be an especially tough time for Australians experiencing homelessness and poverty, so we wish to thank the Guardian pharmacists and volunteers for giving their time to help spread a little warmth.”