Still time to take part in White Ribbon world record challenge at Bar Centrale

There is still plenty of time for residents who are handy with a pair of knitting needles to head to Bar Centrale and help set a world record.

The Campbelltown cafe on Queen Street has been asking locals to spend some knitting knitting or crocheting white wool as part of the NSW Police Force’s attempt to create the world’s largest white ribbon.

The initiative aims to raise awareness for leading anti-domestic violence charity White Ribbon Australia.

Bar Centrale owner Sonya Moulang has been thrilled with the local response to the challenge.

“It has been amazing,” she said.

“We’ve got about 50 metres that’s already been knitted in the cafe and I’m off to pick up some more in the next few days.

“There sure has been a great reaction.”

In addition to regular diners, the cafe has been visited by Campbelltown Council general manager Lindy Deitz and mayor George Brticevic, who both added a few lines to the ever-growing ‘white ribbon’ collection.

Local police officers have also spend time knitting at Bar Centrale.

Campbelltown Bunnings is another local organisation getting in on the action.

Ms Moulang said she was pleased to go and collect knitted portions of the ribbon from people across the region.

“I’ve got a lady at Carrington [aged care] who has 10 rolls of wool to hand over, which will be another nine or 10 metres,” she said.

“There is another lady giving us six or seven metres a week.

“It’s been incredible.”

Ms Moulang is even receiving knitted donations from as far as Picton.

She still hopes Bar Centrale can be the biggest contributor to the NSW Police Force’s campaign.

“It would be amazing to have the biggest impact,” she said.

“When I called the lady down at Taree Police Station – where the campaign was started – three or four weeks ago they already had 90 metres there.

“So we’ve got quite the challenge on our hands.

“Bring it on.”

Anyone looking to make a contribution has until November 10 to stop by Bar Centrale for a spot of knitting or drop in their knitted pieces (using eight-ply wool to cast 40 stitches on five-millimeter needles – up to one metre in length) before everything is sent along to the Manning-Great Lakes Police Area Command in Taree.

For more information call Bar Centrale on 0421 760 435 or search for the cafe on Facebook.