Wauchope Patchwork Quilters raise funds for women's cancers

Fabulous fundraisers: Val Simpson, Meryl Thomas, Erica Taig, Marg Love and Barbara Collins show off their handiwork.

Fabulous fundraisers: Val Simpson, Meryl Thomas, Erica Taig, Marg Love and Barbara Collins show off their handiwork.

Wauchope Patchwork Quilters had a girls’ night in beach party at the Rotary Hall recently to raise funds for all women’s cancers.  They wore beach attire, including thongs and bikinis, and they raised an incredible $2,284 for the Cancer Council NSW.

The raffle prize was a stunning quilt comprising 48 blocks, made by the Tuesday night group which has 30 members.  The quilting represented the waves washing over the thongs on the seashore.  It was won by Tracey Wells from Telegraph Point.

Highlights on the night were a shell guessing competition, and being such nimble-fingered people, a team event of threading the needle caused some hilarious moments.

“With just so many people touched by cancer – work colleagues, friends and family members, I have been spurred on to hold yet another Girls’ Night In,” said Barbara Collins from the group.

Cancer Council NSW’s Community Relations Coordinator Katie Mead said, “Australia is leading the way in the prevention of women’s cancers and saving lives every day.

“Thanks to the generosity of people like the Wauchope Quilters group, researchers are making significant breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment, reducing the impact of women’s cancers.  Today, 90% of Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer will survive for five years or longer.

“There is still much more to be done so helping raise much needed funds for cancer support and life-saving research into breast and gynaecological cancers brings us that much closer to a cure,” Katie said.