Calvary Goonawarra residents craft up a storm

Calvary residents join the SunFest parade (supplied).

Calvary Goonawarra residents not only joined the recent SunFest street parade, they were front and centre at a festival stall, selling knitted items and bead jewellery made especially for the occasion.

Ladies from the home’s Knit and Natter group showcased their skills and goods, selling an array of beanies, scarves, coat hangers, teddy bears, and children’s jumpers and jackets, along with bracelets and earrings made with beads donated by a local store.

Resident Valda Wardley, who started the group, said this was the first time they had sold their handiwork, and everyone had fun and purpose making the items, and on festival day.

“We have a regular knitting group at the home and we all share our thoughts to prepare for the next project,” she said.

Ms Wardley also runs her own value shop at the home, which is a weekly Tuesday trolley service popular with residents, families and staff alike.

Home manager Michelle Magundayao said residents and staff had been looking forward to participating again and were thrilled when Calvary Goonawarra was awarded the street parade’s Best Business/Service for the second year running.

“Our residents and staff are part of the wonderful Sunbury community and were really excited to be involved again,” she said.

“It is important for residents to be involved in the community and be able to continue to do the things that interest them– whether it’s gardening at the home, tinkering in the Men’s Shed, or coming along to great community events like this.”