Quilts bring com­fort to dis­as­ter-struck Van­u­atu

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Quilts for Van­u­atu is an ini­tia­tive call­ing for New Zealan­ders to drop- off their spare hand-crafted quilts.

The ini­tia­tive is the brain­child of Mata­mata lo­cal Caro­line Ma­son, who recog­nises the value and com­fort a sim­ple quilt could pro­vide those who have been af­fected by Cy­clone Pam.

‘‘Our quilts will go some way to of­fer com­fort and pro­tect those who have had their lives turned up­side down. Win­ter is com­ing and peo­ple may now find them­selves on the ground with maybe only a tar­pau­lin for shel­ter.

‘‘There is a short­age of tra­di­tional Pan­danus mats used for sleep­ing, there­fore our quilts can be used as tem­po­rary re­lief to sleep on or even hung to use as a divider to pro­vide some pri­vacy for peo­ple shar­ing small spa­ces,’’ Ma­son said.

Fast­way Couri­ers has been col­lect­ing the quilts from all over the coun­try and trans­port­ing them, free of charge, to Mata­mata’s Cal­tex, ready for pack­ag­ing and ship­ping.

Ma­son said what was in­ter­est­ing was the way in which the quilts will get to Van­u­atu.

‘‘The P&O Pa­cific Pearl cruise ship is de­part­ing Auck­land on April 19 and will de­liver our quilts into Vila on April 25, just 10 days from when they first ar­rived in Mata­mata,’’ she said.

Ma­son said thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the New Zealand Quil­ters, Bern­ina Cen­tres and Fast­way Couri­ers, quilts have al­ready be­gun to ar­rive, ready for the at­tach­ment of a small card writ­ten in Bis­lama lan­guage.

She said to date there had been more than 170 quilts do­nated and 157 dresses had also ar­rived as part of the Dress a Girl Around the World char­ity.

The Mata­mata quilt group have sched­uled a work­ing bee for to­mor­row, April 16, to sew on the greet­ing la­bels to the hun­dreds of quilts Ma­son is sure will come.

The group are meet­ing at the Union Church Hall from 10am. Any­one who wants to lend a hand or drop of thin, light­weight quilts, is more than wel­come.

Fast­way Couri­ers Waikato is also call­ing for cloth­ing items to be dropped off at their Hamil­ton de­pot.

John Tat­ter­son, fran­chise sup­port manager at Fast­way Couri­ers, says his com­pany is en­cour­ag­ing any­one in the lo­cal area who would like to of­fer cloth­ing, to drop off their do­na­tion, marked for Van­u­atu, at their de­pot by the end of the week.

The Fast­way Couri­ers de­pot will then trans­port the cloth­ing to Auck­land, for ship­ping by the Red Cross to Van­u­atu. Drop off at Fast­way Couri­ers Waikato, Unit 4/156 El­lis St, Hamil­ton.

If there are any other lo­cal ini­tia­tives be­ing held to sup­port Van­u­atu, let the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle know.

Mata­mata Patch­work­ers and Quil­ters gath­ered last week to at­tach cards to do­nated quilts bound for cy­clone-rav­ished Van­u­atu in time for win­ter. From left, Winn Bethune, Janet Madill, Dorothy Grubb, Brid­get Gill, Mary Smart, Elaine Reeve, Cindy Daw­son and Caro­line Ma­son.

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