What to do with a 4m high knitted doll?

By Shauni James

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Tariro the knitted doll.
Tariro the knitted doll.

What does one do with a knitted doll that weighs more than 90 kgs, is stuffed with 220 pillows and stands 4 meters high?

That's the question Faustinah Ndlovu, from Rotorua, is struggling with.

Ndlovu knitted the doll to help raise funds for her Domboreshato Primary School in Zimbabwe.

The doll's name is Tariro, which means 'hope' in English, she said.

In February 2015 she launched the attempt to knit the world's biggest doll.

Ms Ndlovu said it took her six months to complete, and the doll was stuffed with 220 pillows.

Faustinah Ndlovu stands next to her 4m high knitted doll named Tariro.
Faustinah Ndlovu stands next to her 4m high knitted doll named Tariro.

Within the six months she completed a knit-a-thon where she knitted for nearly two days with just five to 10 minute breaks.

Ms Ndlovu moved to Rotorua three weeks ago from Christchurch and Tariro is too big to join her in her new home.

She was looking for a good home for the doll where it could be looked after and the story behind it shared, she said.

Ms Ndlovu had approached the Rotorua Library but it currently doesn't have the space.

Her fundraising efforts started after she went back to Zimbabwe for her father's funeral in September 2011.

Ms Ndlovu said people did not always know "how blessed we are as Kiwis".

"I had a different way of seeing my world when I came back."

Ms Ndlovu also runs the Tariro Project which works with villagers in Rusape to build an early childhood development centre. Her long-term dream for the project also included improving primary school education, helping parents be able to provide for themselves, having a school library and providing clean water for children at school and home.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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