Hand- made quilts to warm flood vic­tims

Townsville Bulletin - - News - RYAN MATHE­SON Townsville Bul­letin Thurs­day, March 10, 2011

WARMTH: NQ Fab­rics But­tons and Bows mem­ber Linda Bol­ger with the quilts for flood vic­tims COM­PAS­SION­ATE mem­bers of a lo­cal sewing group are de­ter­mined to prove that many hands make light work in the face of un­prece­dented de­struc­tion in south-east Queens­land.

The NQ Fab­rics But­tons and Bows sewing group is cur­rently mak­ing quilts to pro­vide some warmth to Queens­lan­ders strug­gling with life af­ter one the worst flood­ing events in the state’s his­tory.

Linda Bol­ger is one of seven vol­un­teers who have do­nated their time to­wards the Townsville-based ap­peal.

Ms Bol­ger said the vol­un­teers were look­ing to make a dif­fer­ence.

‘‘ All the ladies en­joy the so­cial at­mos­phere and the chance to catch up but we thought it would be nice to do some­thing for the peo­ple down south who are do­ing it tough,’’ she said.

‘‘ We thought this was some­thing we could do as our own con­tri­bu­tion to the flood vic­tims.’’

More than 70 quilts will be dis­trib­uted in the ru­ral ar­eas sur­round­ing Theodore which took the brunt of the wide­spread de­struc­tion.

The ini­tia­tive was given the green light thanks to the gen­eros­ity of NQ Fab­rics But­tons and Bows owner Dav­ina Luke, who has do­nated a range of ma­te­rial to en­sure the dream be­comes a re­al­ity.

Ms Luke said the pro­ject was de­signed to ease the bur­den on Queens­lan­ders do­ing it tough.

‘‘ A lot of these ladies sew in var­i­ous classes to­gether and re­ally en­joy get­ting to­gether and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence,’’ she said.

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