Sunday afternoon brought a spash of added colour to our front yard, as Girl Guides and leaders "yarn bombed" St. Clement's landmark anchor to raise awareness of their Hike for Hunger.
Over the past months, church members have been helping the Lynn Valley District 4th Crown Pathfinders with knitting a colourful assortment of knitted pieces from leftover or repurposed wool. On Sunday the pieces were sewn together to make a "sweater" of sorts for the anchor. The Guides, who meet weekly at the church, learned to knit this winter and wanted to put their new skills to good use. The yarnbombing was accordingly planned and executed to raise awareness for the Guides' Hike for Hunger in April.
Each spring the Lynn Valley District Girl Guides do a Hike for Hunger around the Lynn Valley neighbourhood to collect non-perishable food items to donate the North Shore Harvest Project. This year the hike is planned for Tuesday, April 7 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Approximately 270 Girl Guides, ranging in age from 5 to 17, will canvas various neighbourhoods in Lynn Valley, knocking on doors to collect non-perishable food items and cash donations.
Yarnbombing is used around the world as a form of street art, activism and awareness raising. The colourful anchor display - which features knitted renditions of the Girl Guide logo as well as St. Clement's - will remain up until the Hike for Hunger takes place.
The Harvest Project will be onsite in the church parking lot on April 7 to collect the food donations. Member of the community are invited to drop off non-perishable food items that evening from 6 to 8 pm. The church is also happy to accept donations between now and April 7; office hours are Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, or contributions can be made to the red bucket at the back of the church.