Mile­stone for cur­tain cam­paign

The Napier Mail - - OUT & ABOUT -

Hawke’s Bay’s Cur­tain Bank cel­e­brated a mile­stone this week – it has given 10,000 cur­tains to 1000 homes in less than nine years.

The Red Cross Cur­tain Bank work­shop is lo­cated at 85 Ford Rd in Napier and was launched in Au­gust 2008 with the goal of help­ing fam­i­lies in need stay warm over win­ter.

Good cur­tains can al­most halve overnight heat loss through win­dows, re­duc­ing en­ergy wastage and en­ergy costs.

This in turn means warmer, health­ier homes with less ill­ness for oc­cu­pants.

Cur­tain Bank co-or­di­na­tor Jan­ice Zachan said the or­gan­i­sa­tion be­gan in a church hall, went on to a room at an in­su­la­tion firm, and is now part of the David Trim and As­so­ciates build­ing in Onekawa.

It opens on Tues­day and Thurs­day morn­ings, 9.30am to 12pm, and is staffed by a team of nine vol­un­teers and one co-or­di­na­tor who mend and process cur­tains.

The cur­tain bank en­cour­ages donations of cur­tains from the wider com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing ho­tels, mo­tels and re­tire­ment homes.

Once do­nated, cur­tains are mea­sured and re­fur­bished – if re­quired – and then dis­trib­uted to high-need fam­i­lies, free of charge, through a re­fer­ral sys­tem.

‘‘About 90 per cent of the clients and their fam­i­lies have res­pi­ra­tory ill­nesses or some form of dis­abil­ity,’’ Zachan said. ‘‘Clients mea­sure their win­dows and send the com­pleted re­fer­ral through to the cur­tain bank. Cur­tains are given for lounge, din­ing and bed­room ar­eas.’’

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has been backed by the com­mu­nity with fi­nan­cial sup­port from Red Cross Hawke’s Bay, plus sup­port from Onekawa Cur­tains and Kathy’s Drapes, and Peter Hod­son who ser­vices the sewing ma­chines free of charge.

The bank has made draught stop­pers, bags for hos­pi­tal trauma ted­dies and sells re­cy­cled fab­ric shop­ping bags for $5, which pro­vides funds for nee­dles, thread, un­pick­ers and scis­sors.

More ex­pen­sive items like cur­tain lin­ings and new sewing ma­chines are funded by the Red Cross.

The next goal is to fund an­other work­table for vol­un­teers and re­place the cur­rent in­dus­trial sewing ma­chine.

Cur­tains can nearly halve heat loss through win­dows.

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