Vol­un­teers’ stitch­ing suc­cess

North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A GROUP of vol­un­teers has sewn about 800 bags for shop­pers in the past year.

Alki­mos Boomerang Bags found­ing mem­ber Paula Hay said the group had made 800 re­us­able shop­ping bags since it started meet­ing in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

In­spired by the Boomerang Bags move­ment across the coun­try, vol­un­teers gather at the Alki­mos Pop-Up Li­brary for weekly sewing bees.

“All the bags have been made out of sec­ond-hand fab­ric, old du­vets and sheets do­nated by the com­mu­nity,” Ms Hay said.

“Boomerang Bags aims to re­duce the num­ber of plas­tic bags our com­mu­nity uses by pro­vid­ing free re­us­able bags to our lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“The group gives bags out at com­mu­nity events such as the Gate­way Street Fair, Eden Beach Farm­ers Mar­kets and has per­ma­nently stocked bas­kets at Sprout Hub Alki­mos Beach and the Alki­mos Pop-Up Li­brary.”

The But­ler res­i­dent said peo­ple could sup­port the group by do­nat­ing fab­ric or at­tend­ing the sewing bees, which are held ev­ery Fri­day from 10am.

Email paulaa­hay@ gmail.com for more in­for­ma­tion or visit boomerang­bags.org.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d479040

Sewing Boomerang Bags are vol­un­teers Mari Mered­ith, Paula Hay, Sa­mone Heerey, Penny Gerb and Juanita An­der­son.

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