Thursday, 27 January 2011

Message from the President re Queensland Flood Assistance

Many members have contacted the Guild over the past weeks wanting to know what can be done to help the Queensland families who have lost everything in the recent floods. I have been in contact with the President of the Queensland Quilters and recently received this letter with details on how we can all help (copied below).

At the Guild general meeting on the 12th February at Burwood RSL we will be accepting donations of any sewing related items - pins, needles, threads, rulers, rotary cutters etc., these items will be forwarded to the Queensland Quilters to distribute to Guild members.  Financial donations will also be accepted.

Maree Gebhardt (President)
The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc

Hello everyone,
The recent floods in Queensland have caused terrible loss and grief for a lot of people. The size of this devastation is unimaginable. Queensland Quilters Inc. is organizing the collection and distribution of comfort quilts for flood victims.

We would appreciate the donation of quilts. The preferred sizes range from 1m x 1.50m (40”x60”) to 1.2m x 1.80m (48”x72”) but anything you are able to give is appreciated.
We are also asking for donations of the following:

  • Quilt tops not yet quilted
  • Cotton quilting fabrics for tops and backs
  • Cotton wadding to make and finish quilts
  • Quilting books and magazines in good condition
We have many Affiliated Groups, members and sponsoring businesses in affected areas. As they live and work in these areas, we are using this network to assess the need for these donations.

If your group would like to prepare sewing related care packs we will accept these also. We are also offering some financial assistance to our Affiliated Groups making quilts and we anticipate that they will use these funds to purchase requirements within their local communities. We currently have 70 groups across the state. One group we have heard from had their premises flooded and has lost their library, among other things.

If you would like to contribute financially this would also greatly assist us.
Please send all donations and contributions to:
Queensland Quilters Inc, GPO Box 2841, Brisbane 4001.

Kim Boland, President
Queensland Quilters Inc

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