Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
I don't have a specific club, I am more of a floater volunteer. I am skilled at alterations so when volunteers with SES and CFA uniforms need altering, I offer my services for free. It’s a small way I can support the wonderful work they do. I am also treasurer for the Alex Quilters Group.
How did you get into volunteering?
I have been quilting for 15 years. I went along to a meeting with a friend and began to participate. It has evolved to me now being treasurer. My role is to help manage and balance the books.The quilters make a large decorative (beautiful) quilt every year and gift it to an club. We also fundraise and in 2021 gave money to local fire brigade, Kellock Lodge and a Koala Refuge in Queensland. We meet at the RSL first Saturday of the month.
Some of our fundraising efforts:
- $1000 Kellock Lodge
- $500 Christmas Tree Festival
- $400 Alexandra Kindergarten
- $400 Alexandra Show Auxiliary
- $170 Koalas In Care
- $200 Alexandra CFA
- $380 Alexandra SES
Quilts given to organisations for them to raffle:
- Taggerty CFA
- Kellock Lodge
- Alexandra Ambulance
- Alexandra Scouts
- Alexandra District Health
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Working on quilts as a group and see the creative process. Being able to donate the finished product is also rewarding. It is also wonderful to save resources, we try and use all the material and have little waste.
Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Not really, maybe not enough hours in the day.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Go for it, start by meeting talking with people from the different groups, like a craft group. I get a sense of pride and appreciation being able to help people and support other volunteers with mending and making alterations to their uniforms.