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Quilts carry love to war heroes

Vice-president Denise Smith (right) and members of the Hervey Bay Quilters Group make quilts for wounded war veterans at the John Paul Centre.
Vice-president Denise Smith (right) and members of the Hervey Bay Quilters Group make quilts for wounded war veterans at the John Paul Centre. Alistair Brightman Fraquil

IN a new tradition, quilt makers across the world have been making quilts for wounded veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.

These quilts symbolise the respect the community feels towards the veterans who put themselves at risk serving their country.

When the family of one of our Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan acknowledges that respect, then you know the love you sewed into every stitch was well worth it.

In October last year, the Hervey Bay Quilters started making Hero Quilts and by February had distributed 24 through Legacy.

Project Convener Denise Smith said while the families received public recognition from the government for their loss it was good to be able to give them something personal.

“Our soldiers make the ultimate sacrifice for us, what we can do is to give their loved ones a lasting memory in honour of that.

“It might only be a small contribution from us; but we know how much it means to the families.”

The cost of making quilts can be expensive and generous donations make a big difference.

“The RSL Club kindly donated funds toward the project so we purchased fabric and things we needed, and it’s greatly appreciated,” Denise said.

The Hervey Bay Quilters also makes quilts for newborn babies at the hospital and quilts for residents of nursing homes.

Like the hero quilts, each one has some special significance and holds a special memory for those who receive it.

If you would like to be a part of the lively and enthusiastic quilters group contact Denise on 4125 2601.

Topics:  afghanistan hervey bay iraq quilting


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