When Mid Coast (NSW) Community Quilters sent out their regular “begging letters” this year asking for donations, the Nabiac Memorial Neighbourhood Centre returned a generous response.
The centre donated $10,000 to help the quilters buy a new quilting machine, but not just any old quilting machine, a free motion ‘Simply Sixteen’ quilting machine – a machine that allows the user to move the sewing needling easily across the material in any direction.
So, to say thank you, the quilters invited members of the centre over to the clubhouse, located at quilters’ president, Anne Noell’s house in Belbora, for morning tea and an official unveiling of the machine on Wednesday, September 6.
Quilters secretary, Jenny Fletcher explained how the Mid Coast (NSW) Community Quilters was a group of 12 to15 women who get together once or twice a week to make quilts that were donated to a variety of causes.
Members come from Gloucester, Belbora, Firefly, Nabiac, Harrington, Tea Gardens and Tuncurry to work with mainly donated materials to create warmth for local places like hospitals, nursing homes, police domestic violence units and the Dundaloo Foundation.
It was because of the group’s generous nature that the Nabiac Memorial Neighbourhood Centre offered the generous donation. The funds were raised through Nabiac’s Second Chance Op Shop, an offshoot of the centre, which is run by volunteers. The volunteers were also invited to the morning tea, as they were instrumental in the funds be raised.