Quilt fundraiser gives back to donors
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.
HAVE A SAY: Ridgehaven Care Manager Tracey Pattie, Quilters Association member Marion Schulke and Ridgehaven Finance Officer Loye Gardiner.