Local quilters and patchworkers in the Bendigo area are being asked to donate their time and skills to produce patchwork blocks, all in the name of charity.
The blocks will form completed quilts to be auctioned off at the Bendigo CraftAlive Expo (17-19 June 2016), as part of the Quilts of Hope initiative that supports children living with cancer and other life threatening blood disorders.
For 27 years, CraftAlive has run Australia’s premier regional craft shows. Through Quilts of Hope, CraftAlive has united hundreds of crafters across Australia for a worthy cause.
“This month we need more participants to reach our goal of completing 20 quilts for the charity auction. We’re calling on craft enthusiasts of all ages and skill level in the Bendigo community to bring some local artistic flair to Quilts of Hope.” says Tess Gutknecht, from CraftAlive
“It’s also a wonderful opportunity for amateur and professional crafters to show off their beautiful quilt designs while giving back to a worthy cause,“ adds Tess.
Quilts can also be made from start-to-finish as part of Australia’s largest Quilt-a-Thon at the Bendigo CraftAlive Expo next week, and will either be donated to children entering hospital or auctioned off to raise funds for Challenge, the recipient charity.
Jane Rainey, from Challenge, says “Quilts of Hope is remarkable initiative – every quilt sold can make a difference in benefiting the lives of kids living with cancer and their families.”
Individuals and local groups can visit quiltsofhope.com.au for more information, and to reserve their Quilt-a-thon spot at the Bendigo CraftAlive Expo. For those who are unable to attend but would still like to make a difference, a FREE kit can also be ordered online.
Since launching earlier this year, over 500 crafters across Australia have contributed patchwork blocks to the Quilts of Hope initiative, with hundreds of volunteers turning them into quilts. Nearly $10,000 has been raised from the sale of the completed quilts or auction items and donated to Challenge.
Quilts of Hope will be travelling the country with CraftAlive shows throughout 2016. The next stop will be Ballarat in July, with the next big event night in Tamworth in September
Bendigo Showgrounds (Holmes Road, North Bendigo)
Friday 17 June – Sunday 19 June
10am – 5pm
For further information and to purchase discounted tickets to the Bendigo CraftAlive Expo, visit craftalive.com.au.
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