Quilting in support of victims of sexual abuse

2019-11-27 06:01
Midlands Quilting Guild (MQG) representative Jane Renton (left)presents Trish Gillespie of Jes Foord Foundation Rape Crisis Centre with the donation.PHOTO: supplied

Midlands Quilting Guild (MQG) representative Jane Renton (left)presents Trish Gillespie of Jes Foord Foundation Rape Crisis Centre with the donation.PHOTO: supplied

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MIDLANDS Quilting Guild (MQG) recently hosted Trish Gillespie from the Jes Foord Foundation (JFF) Rape Crisis Centre at a lunch and ceremonial handover.

At the event, a donation of R13 222 was presented by MQG’s chairlady, Jane Renton, who did the actual quilting on the raffle quilt. A car boot full of items for the handbag project was also donated to JFF.

According to Sarah Tilbury of MQG, in 2018 the guild decided to change their chosen charity to support JFF.

“A collaboratively-assembled quilt was raffled at the The Witness Garden Show and raised almost R10 000,” said Tilbury.

Many people will recall the brutal gang rape suffered by Jes Foord while she was walking the family’s dogs with her father in 2008.

“But the true story lies in her turning a horrid crime into an organisation that brings support and assistance to rape victims in various ways, so that the ordeal can help them progress from victim to survivor,” said Tilbury, who emphasised that, in the current era of this global criminal trend in every level of society, Foord is a shining star.

Tilbury said that this year, MQG continued to support JFF, collecting items at each meeting for inclusion in the rape and kiddie packs as well as collaborating once again on a quilt which was raffled.

“The quilt was aptly named Starlight Express [for bringing some light on dark situations] and put together by guild members in record time for a quilt of this size. JFF will remain the guild’s charity to support going forward.

“The guild is the oldest quilting guild in the country, and meets every third Thursday of the month in Hilton,” said Tilbury.

For more information on the guild, contact Tilbury at 082 335 4598.

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