Winter woollies wing their way to Kabul

HUNDREDS of beanies, jumpers, scarves and even gloves knitted on the Coffs Coast are making their way to chilled children in Afghanistan.

The beanies and other knits are en route to Kabul orphanage Peace House thanks to some dedicated work by Anne Beasley, Jackie Lloyd, their friends and supporters - and freight company Star Track Express.

Star Track Express will take the woollies to Sydney today, where they will be handed over to the Australian Defence Force, which will arrange transport to Afghanistan.

Anne Beasley said she had been inspired to undertake the project after hearing about how children had their ears freeze in Kabul's sub-zero temperatures.

Anna Crotty, a grandmother herself, is the founder of Tents4Peace, which works to provide shelter and education for women and children in war-torn countries.

Ms Beasley decided to get knitting and was joined by members of Zonta, BPW, Amnesty International, friends and neighbours.

Barely three months later, beanies were piled high, but how to get them to their destination?

Anne approached the Star Track Express company which agreed to help.

But Anne said she found that nobody would go to Kabul because it was so dangerous, until the ADF placed the final piece in the logistics puzzle.

Star Track Express Northern NSW regional manager Don Cameron said they were happy to be involved with people doing a good thing.



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