Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Micellaneous Donations

We  are often approached by one or other of the local organisations with a request that we donate a quilt to be used for a fund raising raffle or auction.

One such organisation is the Concord Cubby,  a not-for-profit occasional child care centre catering for children from 3 months to 5 years of age, located under Concord Library on Wellbank Street, Concord.

In July 2012, we donated a striking black, white & red quilt to a Bingo Night held as a fund raising event and organised by the Cubby's volunteer parent committee.
The quilt was displayed for bidding in the silent auctions and it proved very popular with the members and guests on the night. Many people commented on the workmanship and quality of the quilt.  The winning bid for the quilt was $120.

Some time ago (was it 2011?) Jill and Darleen met a lovely young Japanese exchange student called Noriko at a function.  They decided that she should be given a quilt as a memento of her time in Australia.  Noriko (bottom left in the photo below) came for a visit to one of our meetings and selected one of the strippy quilt as you go quilts we had at the time. 

It was actually a collaborative quilt we made over several weeks at the hall.  Organised by Cheryl, some of us brought machines to the meeting, so we had several sewers, someone ironing, and someone cutting strips to be pieced.  It was a great way to reduce our stash of small bits of excess wadding and fabrics.  Not only that a "sew-in" like that is great fun to do.

An update on Noriko is that she went home after her time in Australia, but then decided to return.  She is currently living and working in Melbourne.

In March 2013 we donated these two lovely quilts to the Rotary Club of Drummoyne.  Each year the select a charity or sometimes tow, for their fund raising events.  This year one of the charities they are supporting is the Foundations.au Project.  Here is Hilary Lloyd, Drummoyne Rotary Club's President, with Darleen & Jill at a meeting in February at which the quilts were donated.

This was a project started by Rosie O'Halloran in 2008.  The organisation opened ​"our place", a children's home in the town of Kabale in Uganda at the end of January 2010 to support children both in the wider Kabale community.  

Rotary's first real fundraiser was held on the 22 February 2013 It was the Annual Summer's evening of art, music, food and wine in the beautiful grounds of Sydney College of the Arts, at Park. 

Another recipient of two quilts over the past couple of years, has been St Patrick's Church, Mortlake.  The parish is building a new Presbytery, and the proceeds of the Annual Parish Dinner (held in July this year) have gone towards the cost of the build.  I wasn't quick enough to get a photo of either of those quilts.  Sorry.

Our two latest donations were to the Barnwell Park Golf Club at Five Dock, and the Gladesville Sporties Club, both of which had fund raising events for charities.

The Barnwell Park Golf Club held their Charity Day on the 18th September 2013.  Here is the quilt we gave them for the raffle:

This quilt was made by Dasha from a stack of large scale hexagons donated to the group some years ago.  It is one of three we managed to construct from the stack.  Thank you to the anonymous donor! 
We have received a lovely letter of thanks advising us that our quilt, along with other items donated for the event, raised over $15,000.  This was split between Lucas Gardens Special School and the Coronary Cary Unit at Concord Hospital.  A terrific effort on the part of the fundraising committee, don't you think?
The Ladies Bowling Club at Gladesville Sporties held their annual Pink Charity Day for Breast Cancer on 29 October 2013.  This year the Charity Day raised $4,062.00.  Another great effort.  There is a lovely photo on the web page I have linked to above with all the ladies dressed in pink.  There are even a couple of terrific hats in there.  Well done ladies.

This quilt was made by Jan & quilted by Dasha.

1 comment:

  1. Your quilts are amazing! What wonderful work you all are doing!
    If you ever need some blocks to work on I have a box full from doing swaps when I was in the quilting guild in california, I would be happy to mail them off to you! Just drop a line.