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Threading funds for Silverlea

Thursday, 2nd May, 2019

Silver City Quilters’ Claire Bright and Lyn Campigli with the handmade quilts made to help Silverlea. The raffle will be drawn this month. PICTURE: Myles Burt Silver City Quilters’ Claire Bright and Lyn Campigli with the handmade quilts made to help Silverlea. The raffle will be drawn this month. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

The Silver City Quilters have used their skills to help Silverlea after hearing about their funding cuts. 

The group is raffling two handmade quilts with all the money going to Silverlea.

Silverlea’s government funding has been cut by the NSW Government and no help has come from the Federal Government to replace it. 

As a result, Silverlea is trying to raise money to keep going until such time as some sort of help arrives.

“As a group we thought ‘what could we do?’ It saves them frantically trying to fundraise even more,” said assistant treasurer, Claire Bright.

“We thought we’d make a couple of quilts and we’d do the selling and then donate our funds in a cheque to Silverlea themselves.

“I’ve only been with the club a couple of years and it just astounds me the volume of money we can raise just by putting our hands up and saying ‘We can do it, we’ll do it’.”

Quilters have been setting up stalls at the Plaza, Silver City Newsworld and other locations around town to sell tickets and also promote awareness about Silverlea’s unfortunate funding circumstances. 

Ms Bright said everyone had been very generous.

“We had a beautiful surprise by a random lady who stopped at Newsworld and asked ‘can you take a cheque?’. One of a representatives said ‘yeah, sure,’”

“So she went home, got her cheque book, came back and handed over a $500 cheque.

“The name Silverlea is synonymous with the good work they’ve done, and that makes it a lot easier for us knowing it’s a trusted, well-used organisation here in Broken Hill.

“We’re really chuffed with how we’re going.”

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