Maryna Ell is knitting up a storm

Helping hands needed

Local Girl Guide knitting teddy bears for emergency services

For an almost 17-year old to have committed to something for 12 years is impressive. For well over a decade, Maryna Ell has participated with the Girl Guides, and she’s still incredibly enthusiastic about it.

In July, about 2,500 girls will be gathering for their Spirit of Adventure Rendezvous (SOAR) event. The event runs from July 19 to 26 at the Riverside Park in Enderby.

Maryna, who is a Ranger, is working with a group of others to create special teddy bears.

“They will be going to emergency services in hospitals to children in need,” said Maryna adding that some might also be sent overseas.

The Guides are aspiring to create about 2,000 of these bears, and Maryna has her target set.

“I’m hoping to make maybe 40 if I can.”

One bear takes about three to four hours to knit. They will be sewn, stuffed and finished at the SOAR event.

However, she does want to contribute more than that and is putting a call out to the community for other knitters and crocheters. There are patterns available, there’s wool, and there’s the need.

For Maryna, knitting is a natural fit. “It’s very relaxing and,” she laughed, “I’m good at it.”

Anyone wanting to help Maryna put a significant dent in the final goal of 2,000 bears can contact her by email, at hi_itsme@shaw.ca (don’t forget the underscore!).

Just Posted

Free blood type tattoo with donation draws crowds in Finland

One in two people is eligible and able to donate blood, but only one in 60 people actually do

Greater Victoria workforce gets older but also more diverse

By 2036, Greater Victoria will have roughly two workers for every person 65 years and older

Greater Victoria enjoys sunny first day of spring

Summer-like temperatures of 21 degrees hit Wednesday for first day of spring

Timelapse shows Blue Morpho chrysalis morphing at Butterfly Gardens

One of many speices of butterlflies at the Buterfly Garden

Sooke mayor vows to fix building permit delay

Maja Tait describes the current process as ‘a mess’

VIDEO: Can you believe it? This B.C. hill pulls cars backwards up a slope

Sir Isaac Newton had clearly never been to this Vernon anomaly when he discovered gravity

Canucks hang on for 7-4 win over Senators

Horvat nets 2 for Vancouver

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1

Prime minister defends Liberal budget measures as sales effort gets underway

Conservatives under Andrew Scheer say it’s a spree funded by borrowing against the future

Mayor meets with B.C. health minister on homeless taxi transfers

Two homeless people were discharged from Surrey Memorial and sent to a Chilliwack shelter

B.C. lottery winner being sued by co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Teacher reprimanded for conduct towards special needs student

Alan Stephen Berry told vice principal he did not have time to use positive strategies

Volunteer green team joins forces to restore local habitats

Partnerships with schools educate and facilitate remediations

Having phone within sight while driving does not violate law: B.C. judge

The mere presence of a cell phone within sight of a driver is not enough for a conviction, judge says

Most Read