Quilting needles provide boost for IWK

Eric McCarthy
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TIGNISH -- For several years, Thimbles and Threads Quilting Group members Alice Christopher and Muriel Harper have been enlisting the help of fellow groups in selling tickets on a special quilt the pair made in support of the IWK Children’s Hospital.

IWK Health Centre Foundation development officer for P.E.I., Lynn Anne Hogan, right, admires the crazy patch quilt members of the Thimbles and Thread quilting group in Tignish are raffling in support of the Children’s hospital. Quilters include, from left, Eleanor Perry, Alice Christopher, Brenda Richard, Muriel Harper, Laura Arsenault, Lorna DesRoches and, hard at work, Ann Oliver.

This year the pair encouraged the 14 members of their group to supply individual squares for a crazy patch quilt. So far, there are no men in the group but no one’s blocking the door.

Now, group members and other volunteers are selling tickets on the green, machine-quilted quilt which will be drawn for during the annual IWK Festival in the Park. The festival will be held on May 25 in the Tignish Bicentennial Park. Each year the quilt lottery accounts for close to $1,000 of the approximately $10,000 the festival takes in for the IWK.

The cause is a special one for Christopher. Nearly 23 years ago her granddaughter spent nine weeks at the IWK after being diagnosed with leukemia at two and a half years.

“She pulled through,” Christopher recounts.

Indeed she did. She’s now 25 and a nurse at the IWK.

Lynn Anne Hogan, the IWK Health Centre Foundation’s development officer for P.E.I., acknowledges the children’s hospital has a special place in many hearts.

Hogan thanked the quilters for their annual support and also dropped in on the first planning meeting of the 2014 Festival in the Park committee to let them know their efforts for the children’s hospital are appreciated.

 “Everyone has a neighbor or a cousin or a nephew or a daughter who has been there,” Hogan said. “When you know some people who have received care, you know what it’s all about.”


Organizations: IWK, IWK Health Centre Foundation

Geographic location: Tignish Bicentennial Park

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