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kogo 2018 Launch

We had a fantastic turnout to our annual launch which was held on Sunday March 18th. Apologies to those of you who missed out on receiving the free knitting kits. We had RSVP’s from 200 people and we had over 250 attend! People came from near and far - it was great to see so many familiar faces as well as having the opportunity to meet other kogo volunteers for the first time.

For those of you who were unable to attend, we videoed the speeches so that you don’t miss out completely! You can access this video here.

We were privileged to hear from speakers representing two of the community partner organisations that we support with our hand knits. Our first speaker was Danielle Ryan-Gledhill the St Kilda Mums Social Service Coordinator for Rural and Regional Victoria and she brought with her “Thursday Bundler” Margaret- a volunteer who has been with St Kilda Mums for many years. St Kilda Mums recycle nursery equipment like cots, prams, and car seats, as well as clothes and other baby essentials and provide free material aid to social services on behalf of families in need. Danielle explained how our beautiful kogo items enrich many of the lives of the recipients of St Kilda Mums’.

Our second speaker was Margaret Thorpe who is the Clinical Care Manager at Sacred Heart Community Home. In this unique facility Margaret has created a permanent home for all the residents many of who have histories of homelessness, drug addiction, exposure to trauma and social isolation often having no contact with family. A staggering 40% of residents are under 64. She movingly recounted how each resident was given a kogo blanket to keep on their bed and these are so valued by the residents.

We are pleased to let you know that we raised $2000 from our yarn sale.

We received great feedback from the morning, as illustrated by this email from a kogo volunteer named Margaret.
"I absolutely loved yesterday. I really felt quite emotional with each and every speaker and again today while relaying it to my staff.  I feel so proud to be part of such a unique and caring and selfless organisation."

Drop Off Points

The following are no longer drop off points:
Nova Pharmacy Cheltenham
Nova Pharmacy Forest Hill – please use Vermont instead

New drop off points:
Nova Compounding Pharmacy Vermont
645-647 Burwood Highway
Vermont South.

Priceline Pharmacy Market Place
Shop 2-3 Shepparton Market Place
Benalla Road

Nova Discount Pharmacy Frankston
3 Wells Street

Priceline Pharmacy Dandenong Plaza
Shop 122 Dandenong Plaza
Cnr McCrae and Walker Streets

CoHealth request

We received a request from Sally who is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Nurse at Cohealth. They are going to do some basic knitting/crocheting/pom-pom making lessons with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community starting around April and would love donations of yarn in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colours.  These are the required colours:


If you have WHOLE balls of yarn to spare in any of these colours, could you please send them to kogo (in your usual way) and mark them CoHealth. We need to receive the donations by the end of May.

Items Needed

We are desperately short of babies’ cardigans in “boy” or “neutral” colours for our baby gift packs. Please feel free to use your favourite pattern, otherwise there are patterns available on the website.

Change App

Although kogo is entirely run by volunteers, we still do have expenses - the main ones being rent, freight and the Christmas Angel project. To cover these costs, we apply for grants from various philanthropic organisations. We feel that our knitters already provide so much in terms of yarn, work and time that we would never ask you for monetary donations as well.

However, as mentioned in the February newsletter, we are excited about our partnership with Change App which will be launching very soon. Of course, we would love you to download the App if you want and I have been reassured that it is easy to do this even if you are technologically challenged like me! However, the nature of this new form of donating is aimed at the younger generation. Our young people have a very well developed sense of social justice but they often do not have vast amounts of money to give to charity. This is a very simple way to make their small change go a long way.  It would be great if you could pass this information onto your children and grandchildren so that they can help support kogo just as you do. Basically, how it works is that when you buy something with the credit card that is linked to Change App, the amount will be rounded up to the nearest dollar and that difference will go to kogo if it is the selected charity.

A message from Foodbank

It is my and our absolute pleasure to provide assistance to your team in getting out those wonderful knitted items to families in Victoria. I am most especially pleased that we are able to get your gifts to the families that are doing it tough in regional Vic. Doing a lot of travel to our agencies in rural Vic, I know how appreciated and how touched the many families that receive the gifts are. They recognise the work and effort that your team puts into making these beautiful items for them. In a way, I believe it touches their hearts in a much more emotional way than the food. They are such a personal gift and one that evokes memories of mothers and grandmothers who used to knit for them when they were kids.

It was certainly the case for me when I grew up and was the first thought that crossed my mind when I first saw the gifts and Chris asked if we could include them with our deliveries. For me it was a no brainer and a definite yes!
Please pass on to all your team my thanks and admiration for their heartfelt hard work. Please also know that as long as we are here we will be working to get your gifts to as many families across Victoria as possible.
Big love to you and the team,
David McNamara
Chief Executive Officer
Foodbank Victoria Ltd

With those words in mind, please keep those donations coming in….