Good Omen Goodeze Inc

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A charity group that makes and donates personalised comfort items to people in need and stitching for wellness programs for the Canberra community.

Good Omen Goodeze Inc (affectionately known as GOG) began life as a Canberra based community needle-craft group providing personalised hand crafted comfort ‘Goodies’, for patients and their loved ones in need of comfort or warmth in the Canberra Hospital. Our ‘Goodies’ are made from yarn donated by our members and members of the local community. We have proudly been supplying patients and families of the Canberra Health Services since May 2017 and the University of Canberra Hospital since 2019. This includes patients in all areas, with a special focus on the Intensive Care Unit, Aged Care and End of Life Care.

Our founding member Mary, knitted a beanie for a family member undergoing chemotherapy. She enjoyed the process so much, she decided to continue knitting and donated several to the ICU department at the Canberra Hospital. After hearing how much comfort the beanie brought, she started knitting knee rugs for the comfort of patients and their families. It wasn’t long before friends and other community members became involved, and voila! Good Omen Goodeze was born!

We have people of all ages and walks of life involved, from students, community groups, health practitioners, professionals and retirees.  Our members mostly create from the comfort of their own homes, but also enjoy coming together for fortnightly ‘working bees’ or special events, such as ‘Knit in Public Day’ and ‘Stitch-ins’.

In February 2019 we piloted a Knitting for Mindfulness Program within The Canberra Hospital and in late 2019 it was announced that our program would roll out throughout the Canberra Hospital as well as the University of Canberra Hospital. Unfortunately due to the Covid19 Pandemic, this was put on hold. In September 2020 GOG applied for and won a ‘Covid19 Mental Health Innovations Grant’ which gave us the opportunity to provide a similar wellness program to the wider Canberra Community.