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YarriCare’s blankets have found loving homes amongst various communities across the Yarriambiack Shire.

The YarriCares Blanket squares project started in August 2020 as a way for people to keep themselves occupied while they were at home due to restrictions. It also provided communities the opportunity to give to those in need. Rural Northwest Health, West Wimmera Health Service, Yarriambiack Shire, local schools, Woodbine, Gateway BEET, Warracknabeal Neighbourhood House and many community groups came together to promote the project and increase the benefits to our local communities.

A call out in local papers and on social media saw squares coming in from all over Victoria and even South Australia.

“We received squares from Deer Park, Kangaroo Flat and Seaford Rise as well as those generously donated by members of our local community” said Tianne Clarke, Health Promotion Coordinator at Rural Northwest Health.

Woodbine graciously offered to sew the squares together to make a range of different sized blankets to distribute to those in need within the Yarriambiack community.

The completed blankets have now been distributed with recipients in Warracknabeal, Beulah, Hopetoun, Minyip, Murtoa and Rupanyup now keeping extra warm with a special made with love blanket.

“A special thanks to Alex Verber, Leanne Yew, Katie Ramsdale, Karen Fuller, Sandra Telfer, Tammy McDonald, Grant Doxley and Debbie Broughton for working alongside the RNH Health Promotion team to help connect these blankets to community members who would benefit from some extra warmth this winter” expressed Joe Guta, Health promotion Coordinator at Rural Northwest Health.

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