Cafe calls on knitters to help set a world record

Needles ready: Bar Centrale owner Sonya Moulang, with Kim Pedder and Kristen Briggs, is helping set a world record for the longest white ribbon ever. Picture: Chris Lane
Needles ready: Bar Centrale owner Sonya Moulang, with Kim Pedder and Kristen Briggs, is helping set a world record for the longest white ribbon ever. Picture: Chris Lane

Handy with a pair of knitting needles?

You could play your part to help raise awareness for leading anti-domestic violence charity White Ribbon.

Campbelltown’s Bar Centrale cafe is taking part in NSW Police Force’s attempt to create the world’s largest white ribbon.

Bar Centrale owner Sonya Moulang recently heard about the world record attempt – launched by the Manning-Great Lakes Police District – and knew Macarthur residents would be excited to participate.

“We’ve got a basket with knitting needles and white wool set up in the corner and all you have to do is come in and start knitting,” she said.

“You can knit while you’re enjoying a cup of coffee or catching up with a friend.”

Ms Moulang said she had been thrilled with the community’s engagement with the project.

She said people had been more than willing to help the police break a world record and raise awareness about a serious issue at the same time.

“Domestic violence is disgusting and should never, ever exist,” Ms Moulang said.

“I am so fortunate that I have never had any experience with it, but many of people – men and women – are not so lucky. A few of my close friends have been in violent relationships in the past. Anything we can do to raise awareness is worth it.”

Each participant must use eight-ply wool to cast 40 stitches on five-millimeter needles. Knitting and crocheting are both acceptable.

Ms Moulang will deliver knitted or crocheted ribbon sections up to one metre in length to Campbelltown Police Station. The police will then forward the white ribbon pieces on to the Manning-Great Lakes station.

Ms Moulang said she hoped Bar Centrale could be the biggest supporter of the initiative.

“It would take a lot of effort, but it would be amazing if we could donate the largest amount to the cause,” she said. “I’d encourage everyone to get involved.”

Locals have until November 16 to contribute to the world’s largest white ribbon.

For more information, call Bar Centrale: 0421 760 435.