Bar Centrale’s White Ribbon challenge a smashing success

Woolen fun: Scores of locals contributed to the 300 metres of 'white ribbon' knitted for the NSW Police Force campaign. Pictures: Simon Bennett
Woolen fun: Scores of locals contributed to the 300 metres of 'white ribbon' knitted for the NSW Police Force campaign. Pictures: Simon Bennett

The Macarthur community sure knows how to put its name on the map.

Locals have spent hours and hours knitting their hearts away to help break a world record – and it’s all in the name of preventing domestic violence.

Campbelltown cafe Bar Centrale called on community members earlier this year to knit white wool which would be stitched together to form the world’s largest white ribbon.

Cafe owner Sonya Moulang wanted to help out the NSW Police with their world record attempt, after spotting the challenge on the Manning-Great Lakes Police District Facebook page.

She could have never expected the response her call-out received.

“We have more than 300 metres of knitted wool to give over to the police,” she said.

“I just want to say a big thank you to the people of Campbelltown and beyond who have contributed.

“We had people from as far away as Picton knitting for us.”

Going to great lengths: Bar Centrale owner Sonya Moulang thanked the Macarthur community for their contributions.

Going to great lengths: Bar Centrale owner Sonya Moulang thanked the Macarthur community for their contributions.

Ms Moulang said the efforts of the locals had caught the attention of the Manning-Great Lakes police in Taree.

“We were originally going to hand our wool over to the police in Campbelltown and they were going to send it down to Taree,” she said.

“But now some of the Taree police are coming up to us to collect it themselves, which is wonderful.”

Ms Moulang said the 300 plus metres contributed by Macarthur knitters would make up one tenth of the wool needed to break the world record for the largest white ribbon.

She said the campaign was a great initiative because it brought people together and raised awareness for a very serious issue.

Ms Moulang said the end of the White Ribbon campaign would not mean the knitting at Bar Centrale would come to a close.

“We want to keep this going,” she said.

“There’s been such a great response that I’m thinking we could donate to community groups or perhaps the paediatric unit at Campbelltown Hospital.”

Locals have until November 14 to get their knitted donations in.

I just want to say a big thank you to the people of Campbelltown and beyond who have contributed.

Sonya Moulang, Bar Centrale