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Rug Up Tassie launches with ABC Radio and Tasmanian charities

ABC Radio Hobart and ABC Northern Tasmania have launched ‘Rug Up Tassie’, a winter appeal that supports people with limited access to shelter and heating during the cold season.

Partnering with local branches of charities including the Salvation Army and Vinnies, the appeal will rally Tasmanians to knit together to create hundreds of blankets over winter.

Rug Up Tassie launched on 16 June and runs until 26 July.

The appeal asks Tasmanians to get out their knitting needles to create and donate 20 centimetre wool squares.

These will then be joined together into blankets by ABC volunteers and donated to the appeal’s partner charities.

Local radio manager Samantha Stayner said many Tasmanians were looking for ways to help their community and connect with others during what will be a quieter winter for the state.

“Not everyone is in a position to be able to donate money at this time, so Rug Up Tassie is a way for almost anyone to get involved, help fellow Tasmanians and be a part of something really special this winter,” she said.

“We are aiming to collect more than 5000 squares, which is quite a number, but we have seen the spirit, generosity and determination of Tasmanians, so we believe we can achieve this and make a difference for people who might not have access to heating and warm shelter during the cold months.”

There are drop-off points for knitted squares located at the ABC Hobart and Launceston buildings, and at select Salvation Army stores.

Tasmanians of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to get involved.

Resources and how-to videos on knitting squares are available on ABC local websites and have been shared across ABC and partner social media sites.

For more information, visit abc.net.au/hobart and abc.net.au/northtas.

Caption: From left, regular knitting volunteers Joan Duncan, Bev Reardon and Viv Evans. Photo credit: Georgie Burgess.