A CREATIVE idea that “sort of just snowballed” led to residents at Martha Cove Retirement Village knitting 351 beanies which, when sold to visitors, raised $870 for cancer research and care of the homeless.
The idea came about after resident Sue Johnson and 34 other women – feeling isolated and unable to go out because of COVID-19 restrictions – decided to put their free time to good use.
They knitted colourful beanies which were displayed and sold for $5 each over three days at the village.
“We all really enjoyed doing it,” Ms Johnson said.
“There was lots of excitement when someone sold a beanie. Some visitors even said, $5 wasn’t enough and bought two for $20.”
Three feature hats for bowls, golf and scenes from Martha Cove and Safety Beach, will be auctioned “when we all get back together”.