'White ribbon' wool repurposed into blankets for the needy

Heidi Bester, Silva Bisseh and Sonya Moulang with some of the repurposed white ribbon wool. Picture: Chris Lane
Heidi Bester, Silva Bisseh and Sonya Moulang with some of the repurposed white ribbon wool. Picture: Chris Lane

Trolleys full of crocheted wool which formed part of a world record attempt are being repurposed into blankets and scarves at a Campbelltown cafe.

Staff and customers at Bar Centrale helped to crochet more than 300 metres of wool last year as part of the NSW Police Force's push to create the world's largest white ribbon and raise awareness of Australia's frightening domestic violence statistics.

After making the trip down to Taree, those 300 metres of crocheted wool have returned to the Queen Street eatery - but the journey's not over yet.

Bar Centrale owner Sonya Moulang is calling on locals to help transform the wool into blankets to assist people who are escaping domestic violence, unwell or just down on their luck.

"We're starting to pull the pieces apart and rework them into more manageable sizes," she said.

"It's a lot of work and I've got three trolleys full sitting in the restaurant.

"We've already got people taking some home to do their bit."

As all the wool for the white ribbon record attempt was purely white, crafty crocheters have taken to inserting pops of colour into the new creations.

Ms Moulang said plenty of local organisations would benefit from the blankets and scarves.

"They will be going to a whole range of places," she said.

"Some will go to domestic violence shelters, like WILMA, some to aged care facilities.

"We're also giving some to We Are Community, which helps not only the homeless but also people living in their cars or in emergency housing."

Ms Moulang said the blankets were of all different sizes, including tiny ones suitable for prams and cots.

Other pieces have been turned into traditional scarves and infinity scarves.

She said with winter just around the corner, there was no better time to help out and get crocheting.

"Come down and have a knit while you enjoy a coffee," she said.

"Everyone is welcome."

Ms Moulang is also happy to arrange wool drop-offs if people are unable to make it to the cafe.

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