Volunteer Miriam happy to spin yarns
TV presenter Miriam O'Callaghan was at work with two super-sized knitting needles and a jumbo ball of wool yesterday to launch the National Day of Volunteering.
Last year, more than 8,000 volunteers took part in hundreds of charity and community projects across the country.
Organisers are hoping that numbers can be surpassed this year on Friday, September 30, and have urged people to get involved.
Supported by Pfizer, Irish Rail and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, the flagship event of this year's NDV is a national 'Knit-a-thon', which will see hundreds of knitters across the country attempt to break the world record for the most people knitting simultaneously.
'Prime Time' host O'Callaghan braved rain and high winds to make an early contribution yesterday in the gardens of Dublin Castle.
"Communities are starting to rely on themselves even more in a recession, and knitting is part of that," O'Callaghan told the Irish Independent.
Volunteer Ireland chief executive officer Yvonne McKenna said: "The people we're welcoming from eastern Europe are highly skilled in crafts and knitting is very much a part of that."
To register to take part in the knit-a-thon or to register your own event, log on to www.volunteer.ie.