Op­er­a­tion In­vic­tus Quilts

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News - Bev Jor­dan STORY AND PHO­TOS BY

In a flurry of bright colours Jan-ma­ree Ball and her Aussie Hero Quilt team have been care­fully fold­ing and wrap­ping 75 cus­tom made quilts and laun­dry bags for the Aus­tralian Team com­pet­ing in the In­vic­tus Games.

Each one of the beau­ti­ful hand-made quilts and laun­dry bag bears the ini­tials of the ath­lete it’s des­tined for and sym­bols mean­ing­ful to them.

It has taken months and about 70 quil­ters from all over Aus­tralia to pro­duce the lov­ingly made quilts that are now part of the Aus­tralian team kit.

They were pre­sented to the ath­letes on Thurs­day after be­ing de­liv­ered by Aussie Hero Quilts founder Jan-ma­ree Ball from her West Pen­nant Hills home.

As well as the cus­tom-made quilts and bags for the ath­letes an­other 57 quilts have been made for the sup­port team in­clud­ing man­agers, coaches and phys­ios.

Mrs Ball, a vet­eran her­self, said quil­ters had looked up the team pro­files to see what to in­clude in the quilt in­clud­ing ser­vice em­blems, the ath­lete’s sports and in­ter­ests.

Ben Fari­nazzo’s quilt fea­tures pow­er­lift­ing and row­ing im­ages, his army in­signia and his fam­ily (pic­tured) while Aussie Hero Quilt founder Jan-ma­ree de­signed and made his laun­dry bag, his colour­ful quilt was made by Chris­tine Crofton who trav­elled from coun­try Vic­to­ria to be at Thurs­day’s pre­sen­ta­tion.Bev Uys, from Cas­tle Hill, made a quilt for Matthew Blunt, a wheel­chair rugby and archery com­peti­tor.

“I loved do­ing it,” “It’s so cre­ative,” she said.

Brid­get Robert­son from Cher­ry­brook cre­ated a quilt and laun­dry bag for Ni­cole Bradley, Aus­tralian co-cap­tain who does power lift­ing ath­let­ics.

“I wanted to do some­thing ex­tra spe­cial.”

Jan-ma­ree Ball started Au­ussie Hero Quilts six years ago to pro­vide Aus­tralian troops serv­ing over­seas with a per­son­ally made quilt from home.

Aussie Hero Quilt vol­un­teers at West Pen­nant Hill

(from left to right) Bev Uys with the quilt she made for Matthew Blunt, Brid­get Robert­son with the laun­dry bag she made for Ni­cole Bradley and Jan-ma­ree Ball with a qulit made for sailor Rob Saun­ders by Melissa Lay­ton.

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