Quilts for vet­er­ans to recog­nise val­our

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Lo­cal vet­er­ans were re­cip­i­ents of hand­made quilts dur­ing a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion at Drouin RSL.

The Quilts of Val­our pre­sen­ta­tion was made to thank the three men for their ser­vice, sac­ri­fice and val­our in serv­ing Aus­tralia.

James Burke who served in Afghanistan re­ceived a dou­ble-sided quilt made by Hark­away Quilt-In and Vic Dono­hoe who served in Korea re­ceived a quilt from the Waver­ley Patch­work­ers and Quil­ters.

Gra­ham Sparks, who was un­able to at­tend the pre­sen­ta­tion, was gifted a quilt made by the Waver­ley Patch­work­ers.

In mak­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, Margie Tily said Quilts of Val­our was a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion award­ing quilts to cur­rently serv­ing Aus­tralian forces per­son­nel, vet­er­ans and their im­me­di­ate fam­i­lies touched by war.

“I was hon­oured to present quilts to three vet­er­ans from the Drouin RSL,” said Mrs Tily.

Quilts of Val­our was cre­ated by He­len Com­port of Hark­away fol­low­ing her son Mathew be­ing se­ri­ously in­jured in a black hawk he­li­copter ac­ci­dent whilst serv­ing Aus­tralia in 2010.

Whilst in hos­pi­tal, Mathew was gifted a Quilt of Val­our from the USA and, touched by the ges­ture, com­mented that Aus­tralia should have a sim­i­lar scheme.

Mrs Tily al­ready knew He­len and, after read­ing about her Quilts of Val­our work, de­cided to join the cause.

She noted He­len’s dream was to wrap all vet­er­ans in our love for their sac­ri­fice, as no-one goes to war and es­capes all the hor­ror.

“To­day, I see He­len al­most ev­ery week. I haven’t made a quilt, but I help by sewing on the la­bels, pre­sent­ing talks to groups, and, of course, in pre­sent­ing quilts.”

Mrs Tily said Quilts of Val­our were orig­i­nally pre­sented to all wounded sol­diers but had since ex­panded to vet­er­ans from all wars.

“I have pre­sented sev­eral to Viet­nam Vet­er­ans who were treated very badly on their re­turn and they are very emo­tional to be fi­nally thanked for their ser­vice in this way,” she said.

The three vet­er­ans from Drouin RSL were se­lected for quilts by pres­i­dent Rod McNab.

“They were ex­tremely grate­ful to re­ceive the quilts. They also re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate and a beau­ti­ful let­ter thank­ing them for their ser­vice.

“This was the first pre­sen­ta­tion that I have made to mem­bers from Drouin, but there may have been oth­ers be­fore my in­volve­ment,” she added.

Although un­able to at­tend the Quilts of Val­our pre­sen­ta­tion, vet­eran Gra­ham Sparks re­ceives his quilt from Drouin RSL’s Mick Ir­win (left) and pres­i­dent Rod McNab (right).

Viet­nam Vet­eran Vic Dono­hoe looks thrilled with his Quilt of Val­our, cer­tifi­cate and let­ter recog­nis­ing his war ser­vice. The or­gan­i­sa­tion dreams to wrap all vet­er­ans in love for their sac­ri­fice.

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