Wives of Indian Air Force officers entered the Guinness World Record by knitting more than 42,000 woollen caps for the poor and homeless. The camps were showcased at an event attended by defence minister Rajnath Singh and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari in New Delhi.
The woollen caps were knitted under a special drive named ‘Knittathon’. As many as 3,000 members of the Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA) participated in the three-month-long campaign.
On the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the AFWWA, the woollen camps were showcased at Subroto Park in the national capital.
Speaking on the occasion, AFWWA president Neeta Chaudhari said that the caps will be donated to the homeless and the poor to shield them from chilling weather in the upcoming winter season.
“The aim was to do something for the poor and the homeless to provide them comfort during the winter season. We started out with just four or five women, but more joined in later and the number reached up to 3000,” she said.
The AFWWA president, a post traditionally held by the wife of the incumbent IAF chief, further said that the campaign also empowered women. “Because of frequent changes in posting of IAF officers, their wives could not take up a permanent job, so it gave them an opportunity to contribute to the social welfare,” she remarked.
Sharing further plans, Chaudhari said that the association is going to launch another such venture with a larger participation of women. “In the upcoming event, even women who are not related to the Air Force will also be able to join,” she told reporters.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh inspected the camps woven by the wives of IAF officers and complimented the association for carrying out welfare programme from time to time.
Union women and child development minister Smriti Irani attended the cultural programmes organised to mark the anniversary of the AFWWA as the chief guest.