Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson and ladies from the Coolum Beach Quilters today handed over 30 tiny rainbow quilts for premature babies in the Special Care Nursery at Nambour Hospital.
The group were delighted to respond to the Special Care Unit’s request for 240 small quilts a year and have been working hard to deliver on their promise. The quilts are used for the precious new babies while they are in humidicribs and are given to the families when they take their babies home.
Quilts were presented to Glenn and Bernadette Osmond of Mt Coolum, the proud parents of 12 day old twins Riley and Matilda who were born at 34 weeks on 24 August.
Ms Simpson said that she was delighted to make a donation to support the very special work of the Coolum Beach Quilters – whose clever creations provide, warmth, comfort and a splash of colour to the most precious and needy members of our community.
“This amazing group of ladies put their skills to great use and make a very special personal contribution to our local community,” Ms Simpson said.
Coolum Beach Quilters Co-ordinator Judy Hayes said the group started off with five ladies at the Coolum Beach Baptist Church ten years ago and has now grown to twenty-five active quilters.
“We raise funds to purchase the quilt wadding by holding raffles and hosting morning teas and our small group has also raised funds for other charities such as Sunshine Butterflies and Breast Cancer Australia,” Ms Hayes said.
“But we also need donations to keep these and other charity quilts on the go.”
“Our ladies are a very happy and busy group and I am very proud of them.”
The group has been making their special creations for nearly ten years and have provided quilts and other items for many local charities and organizations, including:
· Knitted beanies for premature babies at Mater Mothers’ Hospital,
· Adult bibs for the Mt Coolum nursing home,
· 35 quilts for Sunshine Coast foster care children,
· 32 quilts donated to various charities such as Cystic Fibrosis, Riding for the Disabled, Hear and Say Centre, Victoria Fire Victims, New Zealand Mine Disaster, etc
· Bags for drainage tubes and bottles for women who have undergone a mastectomy,
· Wheat bag covers for Nambour Oncology Unit,
· X-ray bags for Oncology patients,
· Laundry bags for Aussie Heroes,
· Five floor quilts for preschooler reading sessions at Coolum Library.
For more information about the Coolum Beach Quilters, please contact Judy Hayes on 5450 5265.