Milestone for curtain campaign
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.