Knitting for love, and a Singapore Book of Records mark

SINGAPORE - Over 200 volunteers from Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) simultaneously knitted hats for cancer patients all over Singapore on Saturday and broke a Singapore Book of Records mark.

To break the record for the most number of people knitting at the same time, 212 volunteers knitted the hats continuously for five minutes. The event at the Civil Service Club in Tessensohn Road was held as part of the society's 50th anniversary celebrations. The previous record involved 170 knitters.

Chief executive of SCS Albert Ching said: "More than just a record-breaking attempt, this significant event is a show of solidarity to those impacted by cancer."

The volunteers for the event were from the Knit of Love project. Started and driven by cancer survivor and volunteer Mdm Lyn Ee, Knit of Love supports patients undergoing chemotherapy by recruiting volunteers to knit hats for them.

This year, the Knit of Love project has committed to knitting and distributing more than 2,000 hats to cancer patients at the National Cancer Centre Singapore, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, and Changi General Hospital.

To commemorate the struggles of patients and their families in battling cancer, and to mark the effort by the SCS in supporting and helping them over the last 50 years, SCS will be organising the Hope 50 - Together as One concert on Jan 16 next year at The Star Performing Arts Centre.

Members of the public who are interested to show their support to the cancer community can register for their tickets at www.scs50.org.sg. Tickets are limited and priority will be given to cancer patients, survivors and their family members.

jalmsab@sph.com.sg