One of the club’s members, Prin Barry, made these pincushions to sell at the Hibiscus Coast Quilters’ recent meeting, where they were snapped up. She says the proceeds will come in handy when she takes a holiday in New York this month.
A pile of more than 40 quilts destined for the beds of refugee and Pacifica families were donated to the Red Cross by Hibiscus Coast Quilters.
The quilts are a combined effort, with many of the club’s 58 members having a role to play in designing, providing fabric, stitching and finishing each piece.
They were made at regular working bees, specifically for the Red Cross, over the past year.
On Tuesday April 3, at part of a meeting at Whangaparaoa Hall, a group of club members handed the quilts to Red Cross community fundraising manager Rob High.
Rob said the quilts will go to refugees settling in Auckland and also to families in need from Auckland’s Pacifica community.
“It means a lot for them to have something so beautifully made,” he said.
NZ accepts 1000 refugees a year and helping them integrate into society requires support on many levels, he said. The Red Cross provides new arrivals with opportunities to learn driving skills, obtain clothing and prepare for employment, among other things.