May proves age no barrier to volunteer at the WASH House

November 14th 2013

Mt Druitt - St Marys Standard - WASH House

May Deloraine proves that you're never too old to start volunteering, after joining the WASH House in her 80s.

Now 90, the Eastern Creek woman is a huge hit at the Emerton site, as part of the volunteer knitting and crochet class teachers each week.

It takes two buses to get to the class and another two to get home every week.

"Wild horses wouldn't stop me," she said.

"If I'd known about the classes sooner, I would have been coming years ago."

Ms Deloraine learned to knit at age four and said "that's a long time isn't it?".

A friend of her mother taught her the skill as a youngster and she's continued to learn.

"Knitting is like riding a bike ... it just sticks with you," she said. "The only thing you really need is good eye sight and steady hands.

"The only bad thing about summer is that I can't knit because my hands perspire too much - that's when I do more crocheting." Ms Deloraine said the class was so much more than knitting.

"We have a chat, we catch up and we care about one another," she said.

"A lunch group has started as a result, so a lot of us hang around for that too each week after the class."

The WASH House is a community based centre for women.

It is a place of support, information and referral. It offers a range of programs and activities for women.

Interested in knitting and crochet class? Contact the WASH House on 9677 1962.

Bianca Freedman