HELPING OUT: Karen Traise, of Rainbow Patchwork in South Lismore, will be holding a charity quilt day on Monday, where quilters are invited to come along and help make a quilt for charity.
HELPING OUT: Karen Traise, of Rainbow Patchwork in South Lismore, will be holding a charity quilt day on Monday, where quilters are invited to come along and help make a quilt for charity. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Locals doing hands-on work for charity

MANY hands make light work, and this is always a good thing when making items for charity.

Karen Traise of Rainbow Patchwork in Union St, South Lismore is calling on quilters of all experience levels to assist in making five quilts for charities in the region at her charity quilt day on Monday.

"It's really important to be able to give back to the community in some way," Ms Traise said. "After all, that's what being part of a community is about."

This will be the first time Ms Traise has run a charity quilting day, but it is not the first time she, and many of her customers, have made quilts for those in need.

"The interest came from my customers and it's nice to give back to the community while working in with my customers' needs," Ms Traise said.

The quilters will make five quilts which will be donated to Biala School for children with intellectual disabilities, a women's refuge in Brisbane and the Lismore Base Hospital's mental health ward or chemotherapy day unit.

Rainbow Patchwork will provide all fabric and anyone of any skill level is welcome to attend and help where they can.

Those who have them, are asked to bring a rotary cutter and sewing machine to help complete the group project.

All attendees will be provided with free coffee from Duckpond Espresso Bar.

Ms Traise will also provide morning and afternoon tea. Those who stay all day are asked to bring a plate to share for lunch. Although the day runs from 10am-4pm, participants can drop in for any part of the day.

Prospective attendees, please phone 6622 3003.



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