My blog where I share my quilting experiences, and my group, Oz Comfort Quilts - quilts donated for those in need of comfort after floods, bushfires, earthquakes, and serious health challenges etc.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Thanks From Khancoban.
I received a lovely email of thanks from a Khancoban resident:
To the very kind Fishbowlers Sewists and Robin Walker (Tas),
This week I received a beautiful gift. A quilt made by some wonderful, kindhearted and very generous souls from Launceston.
live just out of Khancoban and are Rural Fire Service (RFS) members. We had a pretty
stressful time at the start of 2020 with the threat of being burnt out
threatening our valley and township from many different fronts over a
period of several weeks. Our little town was evacuated and it was just
our small crew left to defend local properties and our small town. We
had no outside help as resources were being utilised in other places as a
huge part of the country was impacted by multiple bushfires. We were
completely isolated both geographically and communications wise. There
were losses throughout our district but on the whole we managed to come
out of the bushfires so much better off than many others.
3 young men in our community have taken their own lives since then. It
is hard to know just how deeply an event as terrifying as those fires
were, can affect individuals in so many ways. I think that Covid and
multiple border restrictions and lockdowns have also impeded the healing
process and meant that some of the Oz Comfort Quilts did not get to
where they were destined until recently. Our major centre is Corryong
but because it is on the Vic side of the river and we are on the NSW
side, your beautiful gift has been carefully stored with some others
until now. We held our RFS AGM at the start of June and that was the
perfect opportunity for the lady who had been storing the quilts for
Khancoban to start the process of getting them to their new homes.
you so much for such a beautiful gesture. The work that has gone into
this quilt is just amazing. It is a beautiful piece and makes me feel
warm inside just to look at it. It is reassuring to know that fellow
Australians were thinking of those on the fire fronts and did something
so special to send their love and best wishes. This quilt has become a
significant part of our family history and will be treasured for
It's heart warming to hear that the quilts you've donated have helped the communities to heal.