WRITTEN BY SUE GILLMAN

THE SQUARE HEART AWARD FOR MARCH 2016

is awarded to

GLENROSE FRIENDS

Hearts for February challenge

Square hearts by Grace Weir

Glenrose Friends adopted KAS as their charity for 2015 and they are a fine example of the special way that KAS touches people across generations. Glenrose friends, from Wales, only became part of us in January 2015 but what an inspiring group they are.

Joyce and Jayne are sisters and they are friends with Christine Chiplen since teenage years. Joyce and Jayne are piano and violin teachers to children and young people.

The first helpful suggestion came from their mother Joyce Senior, who, after hearing about KAS, suggested that they used their cutting dies from their craft group for making shapes to decorate squares. Joyce Jr set to and produced animals, trees, flowers, butterflies and other shapes for squares. She continues to knit and crochet for KAS along with her sister Sandra. Jayne takes a display board about KAS to every Church where she preaches.Joyce and Jayne decided to put up a KAS display in their studio for parents of  the children having lessons to be inspired, and this is what happened:

The children were keen to knit and crochet. A parent Quing Ying Lau, learned crochet and encouraged other Chinese parents to join her. Lewis Lee's great grandmother aged 97 crocheted squares, and his aunt knitted hats.

Rebecca, another waiting parent helped by butterflying the ends, ready for packaging. Jayne also helped with  this as Joyce is the one who likes to make things.

Cara, a pupil, designed and made toys.

A friend who wishes to remain anonymous, heard of Ronda's plight, and the need for rent, and donated 1000 pounds to the rent appeal ! Thank you so much !!

In loving memory:

Special mention of Joyce senior who passed away in December 2015. She inspired all of us. Although Joyce senior was blind, she was keen to crochet for KAS and this is a lovely photo of her with a blanket she made. I am sure all of us were in awe of her ability to make something so beautiful in spite of losing her sight.

Glenrose friends, you are true friends of KAS and we appreciate all you do.

Thank You !

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Congratulations Glenrose Friends! Thank you for all  you have done for children in SA. I was very touched by the photo of late Joyce senior, who was able to make such beautiful blankets.

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