Choir collects knitted clothes for Ugandan orphans

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A choir from Australia have been working hard to collect knitted clothes and toys to send to orphan children in Uganda.

The Peregian Beach Knitting & Crochet Group members have been working with the Cool Harmonies choir to ensure that they have plenty to donate, according to View News.

Choir director Yvonne Corstorphin is visiting Uganda next month and will be delivering bags of knitted clothes and toys which have been beautifully handmade by the craft group, using wool donated by the Peregian Lions Club.

This includes beanie hats, jumpers, rugs and toys.

She has so far collected 81 toys, 166 children's jumpers, 130 beanies, 15 pairs of baby booties and 22 blankets, which she will give to children in poor villages and orphanages in the Ugandan capital of Kampala.

Ms Corstorphin told the publication: "This wonderful collaboration between three local community groups will once again bring smiles to the faces of many children."

"We are very excited about this project as it's the second year in a row that members of our choir can personally deliver these hand-knitted items. We can see for ourselves what a difference it makes, and it's equally rewarding for the knitters."

The group will be travelling to Uganda in April as part of the 2013 Kwaya Australia singing tour.

Children from Uganda will also be joining the African Children's Choir from August 26th to September 1st, which Cool Harmonies are hosting.

In Australia the kids choir will participate in a music workshop with local primary school children, as well as two public concerts in Coolum.

Many of the knitted gifts have so far been distributed to nursing homes, soup kitchens, men's shelters, sick children, refugees, indigenous communities, domestic violence victims and orphans in Uganda.

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