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Bunmahon Knitday a Great Success.
On Monday the 12th of July the team from the Bunmahon World Wide Knit in Public Day visited the Neonatal unit in Waterford Regional Hospital. Orlaith Hamersley and Bernadette McCann on behalf of all the knitters involved presented a box of beautiful blankets and hats for the premature babies. Katrin Hessler from the Neonatal unit accepted the blankets and hats along with the proceeds from the tea and coffee served on the day.
Katrin explained to Orlaith and Bernadette about the working of the unit. Babies born prematurely require very specialised and expert care to give them the best possible start under the circumstances. This time in the baby’s life is very difficult especially for the unprepared parents. The baby will live in an amazing machine called an incubator for a few days or for a few months, with limited interaction with Mum. Each baby is given their own colourful blanket and hat to help to personalises the space and soften the hospital environment. That baby will keep their blanket and hat, which is the baby’s first gift in this world. Katrin said these gifts are very much appreciated by Mum and Dad.
Katrin and her team wished to express their thanks to everybody involved in the Bunmahon World Wide Knit in Public Day, in particular to the knitters and the sponsors Sirdar, Tivoli and The Wool Shop.ie .
The Bunmahon World Wide Knit in Public Day was a great success. Orlaith and Bernadette have agreed to run the event next year on the 8th of June.
Bunmahon looks out over the Atlantic ocean on the south coast of Ireland. The economic turmoil in Ireland has hit the village hard. Most of the younger people have emigrated to find work. However this small community keeps it chin up by enthusiastically participating in events like the World Wide Knit in Public Day. Bunmahon was one of over 400 communities and groups from around the world who have taken part in this event. It was decided that the proceeds of the event would go to a worthy cause and the Neonatal unit in the local hospital was nominated.
On Saturday the 9th of June the sun was shining for a change and the Waterford County Mayor Liam Brazil opened the Bunmahon World Wide Knit in Public Day. The Mayor spent time with the visitors where he learned about the wonderful work of the Neonatal Unit at Waterford Regional Hospital. We have heard that the Mayor was passed some great knitting tips and there is an expectation that he will make a great knitter! The Wool Shop.ie, Tivoli and Sirdar all donated yarn for the event. Over 70 visitors came along and started to knit blankets for the premature babies. Some of the knitters finished their blankets on the day but most took their projects away to finish them later. All the blankets and the proceeds from the tea and coffee will be presented to the Neonatal unit in the first week in July when all the blankets are finished and returned. All the chat and the tea went down a treat. Allanah Cleary, Mary Glavin and Mary Day worked hard making sure everybody had tea and coffee and of course there were donations of cupcakes and not a crumb was left behind. The pupils of the local schools who have learned to knit displayed their finished blankets and scarves at the Bunmahon World Wide Knit in Public Day. Indeed the children and staff of Knockmahon School and the other volunteers deserve special praise for their help in making the day such a great success. Mary Shield, Orlaith Hamersley and Bernadette McCann all gave demonstrations of spinning , weaving and crochet, they received a great reaction and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the presentations.
There is now a plan to set up a craft club in Bunmahon, anybody interested in knitting, crochet, or needlework are invited to contact Orlaith Hamersley by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bernadette McCann at email@example.com . The Bunmahon World Wide Knit in Public Day will be repeated next year on Saturday the 8th of June 2013. More information on Bunmahon Knitday can be found on www.thewoolshop.ie .