Fundraising fabric fair coming
Quilters, knitters, sewers and crafty people will rejoice at the fabric fair coming to Cambridge.
It will be Altrusa International Cambridge’s biggest fundraiser this year, and things are going cheap.
The fair will feature in April and president De-ane Busby said it’s the first one to be held in Cambridge.
‘‘Some of the other clubs in our organisation have done this fabric fair before, so we decided that we could do it,’’ she said.
‘‘Normally we do a fashion show and get about $3000, but we have done it the past two years and thought we would give it a rest this year.’’
She has reached out to fabric clubs in Auckland, Morrinsville, Te Awamutu and more so there should be a good turnout.
Since posting about the fair on social media, the club has been overwhelmed with donations.
The fabric has been stored in Busby’s garage, and ‘‘worker bees’’ from the club have been working for two hours twice a week to sort through it all.
‘‘I’ve been overwhelmed with the whole thing but now I can see the end, there’s less and less in the corner,’’ she laughed.
‘‘Beautiful stuff has been given to us, Indian cottons and brand new saris, I’m not a sewer but I know what’s good.’’
She started organising it in December, then in February the group started measuring and pricing the fabrics. ‘‘It’ll be really cheap, most of it at $1 a metre or the really good stuff will be $2 a metre, we don’t want to store it and people want a bargain,’’ said Busby.
There will be a lot of quilting materials, wool, haberdashery, cotton, zips, buttons, and more.
They are hoping to raise $4000 and the money raised will go back to the Cambridge community. The fabric fair will be held on Saturday, April 1 at the Senior Citizens Hall in Milicich Place from 9.30am. To donate, contact De-ane Busby on 8278656.
Pace is quickening on the tourism front with big strides being taken to turn the Waikato River into the centre of attention.
The second stage of Hamilton’s $4.9 million Victoria on the River development begins in April, funds have been committed to river facilities and momentum is building across the sector.
Cultural tourism is key and with the river provides a unique offering said Tainui Waka Tourism Inc secretariat officer Craig Muntz.
‘‘The industry acknowledges there is a need for new product to anchor visitation in the region. The river provides the point of difference as our iconic geological feature that runs through the heart of the region.’’
Muntz is developing the Waikato River Festival which kicked off at the source of the Waikato River at the Tongariro National Park which recognise the 425-kilometre river system as a single water body and aims to develop more attractions along the river.
Several independent events are attached to the festival which runs in March. They include the HAKA Maori Arts and Cultural event at Hamilton Gardens, Tupuna Awa exhibition by Waikato artist Fred Graham during Maadi Cup at Karapiro Domain and the promotion of cultural sites on the river.
‘‘The vision is that we will develop a wide range of activities that reflect different stakeholder groups in the river.’’
‘‘It’ll be really cheap, most of it at $1 a metre or the really good stuff will be $2 a metre.’’ De-ane Busby
Ann Maclure, Marie Davis, Jenny Shaw, De-ane Busby and Janet McComb have been busy sorting fabric.