Residents of retirement homes in BC’s capital test their quilting skills to raise funds for displaced Ukrainians arriving from their war-torn country.
The three-week feat saw several elderly people living at Tapestry in Victoria Harbor weave together “Patchwork of the Heart” – a quilt in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag with an embroidered sunflower.
“Like many others, we were distraught watching Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February this year,” said quilter Angie Chan. “Out of love and compassion for these displaced people, we felt we had to find ways to help them feel welcome and safe.”
According to Tapestry, Chan and the other quilters formed a “Sip and Stitch” team fueled by a passion to help others.
In a press release, the nursing home says residents have partnered with the Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) – a group supporting around 100 displaced Ukrainians seeking temporary residence across the city.
With the quilt project now complete, the goal is to raise $10,000 through the sale of raffle tickets to win the blanket, with 100% of proceeds going directly to the CIA.
Tapestry Senior Vice President Adena Waffle says staff are incredibly proud to support their residents through the fundraising initiative, which she sees as a ‘tangible reflection’ of their commitment to good. -be.
“We strive to inspire residents to create unique experiences that build on their talents and interests while engaging in meaningful and purposeful activities that enrich the wider community,” Waffle said.
With one ticket costing $2, three costing $5 and a booklet of ten costing $20, raffle tickets are on sale until August 31, with the draw taking place on September 1.
Resident Don Ross is part of the sales team and tells CHEK News it’s “a real honour” to be involved.
“It’s a pleasure to be able to help these poor people,” added Ross. “I just can’t imagine what happened to these people. They come here with nothing and have left everything behind, some of them their brothers, their sons, their husbands. It’s awful.”
The public can purchase raffle tickets at Tapestry at Victoria Harbor on Belleville Street or call 250-999-1631 for details.
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