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Newcastle knitters plan purl-er Yarn Fair

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The Newcastle Group of the Knitters Guild NSW is set to unveil a purl-er of an event this weekend to raise funds for the Mentor Support Network (MSN).

The organisation’s biennial exhibition, 2024 Glorious Yarn Fair, will showcase the talented members’ knitted and crocheted works at the Islington Baptist Church between 10am and 4pm on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 May.

Highlights include beautiful handmade items to see and buy, morning/afternoon tea and light lunch, a raffle and free parking with the venue close to public transport.

Best of all, it doesn’t cost a cent to attend but take your purse/wallet with you.

Kathy Heinrich, from the Newcastle Group of the Knitters Guild NSW, said all proceeds from the raffle, café and fundraising sales would go to MSN, a dynamic not-for-profit organisation that assists young students experiencing significant socio-economic difficulties or family challenges in the Hunter.

“It’s an event we all look forward to,” she explained.

“The more people who come, the more we can promote the guild and the crafts of knitting and crochet and the more funds we can raise for MSN.

“The raffle includes great handmade prizes.”

Mentor Support Network’s new chair Julie Rich admitted it was a “magnificent gesture” by the Newcastle Group of the Knitters Guild NSW.

“We certainly appreciate the work and time of the members in organising the exhibition, which they are hoping will attract large crowds during the two days,” she said.

“So, we’re encouraging everyone to visit the 2024 Glorious Yarn Fair and witness a great display of handiwork.

“And, while there, purchase a raffle ticket or two.”

Established in 2002 and incorporated in 2005, MSN’s primary purpose is to offer relevant programs (eg financial scholarships, mentoring assistance) that allow disadvantaged students in the region the opportunity to complete their studies.

In essence, it strives to remove inequality for pupils who have proven potential but are held back by financial shortcomings.

Operating through volunteers, the organisation’s minimal operating cost structure allows nearly all funds raised to go directly to supporting the youth of the Hunter.

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