Raising money instead of sweat

2013-10-21 00:00

USUALLY they are working up a sweat trying to keep fit and get trim, but this year the women from Hilton Curves joined in to create a beautiful shwe shwe quilt in aid of a breast cancer organisation.

This is the third year the women have taken a break from their training and participated in an effort to raise funds for a breast cancer charity. The all-women gym makes a special effort to support any causes relating to women’s issues and breast cancer is a cause that hits close to home.

Alex Welgemoed, who runs Curves in Hilton, says the idea of collaborating on a quilt is daunting for many of the women who do not have sewing skills. However, when they get down to it, they love the fact they have made a personal contribution.

This year, the quilt is a bold design with hearts and hands. The concept was created by local hobby quilter Hayely Martin. She decided to move away from the traditional pink and pastel colours, and to use the bright patterns of African shwe shwe fabric.

The women cut out shapes of their own hands, and cut out hearts from the selected fabric and ironed them onto special paper that they glued onto a square of fabric.

“It is great to see ladies who are quite afraid of something start to let go and enjoy themselves. Many of us forget how much fun it is to use a pair of scissors and to cut out shapes like we did when we were young,” said Welgemoed.

Once the squares were completed, Martin and her friends from the local quilting guild sewed them all together to make a complete panel.

Welgemoed said: “We raffle tickets for the quilt. When people see the quilt, they love its beauty, but more appealing is that it was made with love and for a good cause. Going with our theme of ‘hands and hearts’ it’s a beautiful message telling of how our hearts often dictate what our hands will do.”

This year, there are two quilts being raffled with the hearts and hands design. All money raised will be donated to PinkDrive. Last year they raised over R12 000.

• To find out about the raffle, contact Alex Welgemoed at Curves at 033 343 1830.

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