Nur-Sultan hosts ’28 Petel’ book presentation on charity club’s efforts to help premature infants
NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh capital hosted on July 28 the presentation of the book “28 Petel” (“28 Loops”), which describes the voluntary activity of the club which, this year, celebrates its 10th anniversary since its creation.
Book author and club participant Elmira Kurmanbayeva said the book tells the story of volunteers who help premature babies by knitting socks, hats, throws and blouses which they donate to all perinatal centers in the country. Woolen clothes have healing properties: they stimulate nerve endings in children, help regulate body temperature and promote children’s metabolism.
The charitable community bears this name because precisely 28 stitches must be put on the needles to knit socks for a baby weighing no more than one kilogram.
“The purpose of writing this book is not commercial, but to attract as many people as possible to our community. I discovered this club by chance on social networks in 2016 and decided to join it. I love reading books and knitting and today I realized that I was doing two things at once – I wrote a book about knitting,” Kurmanbayeva said at the event.
Club founder, photographer and journalist Karla Nur (Karlygash Nurzhanova), who gave an interview to The Astana Times in 2018, also attended the presentation.
Currently, there are approximately 2,500 club members in 12 countries, knitting more than 50,000 woolen garments to save the lives of premature infants. The club is represented in 15 cities in Kazakhstan, as well as in Russia, Latvia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine.
Up to 30 volunteers meet once or twice a month. They can make 50 to 200 garments over a period of two months. Many participants did not learn to knit until after joining the club.
In 2017, the club received the national Altyn Zhurek (Golden Heart) award for its contribution to the development of healthcare.
According to official data, up to 450,000 children are born in Kazakhstan every year. Among them, 4 to 12% are premature babies.