Quilt fundraiser gives back to donors

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

LADIES of the Monto Quil­ters’ As­so­ci­a­tion were given the op­por­tu­nity to de­cide what could be done with the $2100 they helped raise for Ridge­haven Aged Care.

At the last Big­gest Morn­ing Tea in Monto, the Quil­ters put to­gether a com­bined quilt to be sold at a raf­fle, along with a morn­ing tea and auc­tion.

After­ward, prof­its were split evenly be­tween Ridge­haven and Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land.

Ridge­haven Care Man­ager Tracey Pat­tie and Fi­nance Of­fi­cer Loye Gar­diner came to a morn­ing tea meet­ing of the Quil­ters to ac­cept the money and ex­plain to the ladies what their money could be used for.

Over the last five years the group has been in­volved in rais­ing money for Ridge­haven, which has al­lowed the care fa­cil­ity to make a num­ber of im­por­tant pur­chases.

Mrs Pat­tie said thanks to fundrais­ing ef­forts, the fa­cil­ity has reached their goal of fully elec­tric beds in the rooms.

“The first time I ac­cepted a cheque we bought a blood pres­sure ma­chine, and since then we’ve bought three elec­tric beds, so it’s been won­der­ful and much ap­pre­ci­ated,” Mrs Pat­tie said.

“A few peo­ple have their own beds, but it means we’ve got some elec­tric spares.”

This year, ideas are torn be­tween tri­alling a king sin­gle elec­tric bed lower down to the floor, to pre­vent peo­ple who wan­der at night from in­jur­ing them­selves, or a vir­tual re­al­ity head­set for be­havioural man­age­ment and gen­eral in­ter­est.

Ridge­haven staff have tri­alled a VR set us­ing beach, ca­noe and other soft­ware to im­merse res­i­dents in a vir­tual hol­i­day.

The ladies were par­tic­u­larly ex­cited by this idea.

“We’ve re­ceived fund­ing for half of it, so we still need a cou­ple thou­sand, which this money could be used for to try some­thing dif­fer­ent,” Mrs Pat­tie said.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

HAVE A SAY: Ridge­haven Care Man­ager Tracey Pat­tie, Quil­ters As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Mar­ion Schulke and Ridge­haven Fi­nance Of­fi­cer Loye Gar­diner.

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