kogo : knit one give one

Case study curated by Brayden Dunstan

Knit One Give One (kogo)

kogo is a heart-warming non for profit project founded during the cold Melbourne Winter of 2004. A community based program run purely on donations alone, kogo aims to provide quality knitwear to those living without a home or living tough throughout Melbourne and wider Victoria. The organisation began with Ros Rogers and his family, producing 180 scarves in their first year. The family has since expanded and now has over 5000 committed knitters, ranging in age and ability, their volunteers produce anything from scarves, beanies, toys and clothing.

Purely Volunteer based, in the year 2016, kogo had partnered with 250 community organisations, acting as distributors for over 70,000 hand knitted winter woollies. These community partners then have the ability to distribute and donate to people throughout Melbourne undergoing hardship such as those who are homeless, refugees, children who are at risk, remote indigenous communities, women in refuges and families who are struggling to make ends meet.

kogo works on a donation system in which anyone can donate knitwear to a number of drop of points Melbourne wide, these items are then sorted and distributed appropriately.

Showing an incredible amount of generosity and empathy towards those in need, kogo and their volunteer knitters have created an all-inclusive environment, operating as a middle man between those prepared to donate and those in need. For a lot of people, kogo has become far more approachable as they deal in knitted goods rather than money, allowing those that donate know exactly what contribution they are making, it also provides those in need with a service they will need but when given an option, may not choose.

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