To mark its 25th year, those associated with the CMRI Quilt Show will enjoy a birthday cake made by Holly Fogarty, the grand-daughter of Dorothy Bailey, who founded the Gerringong Committee in 1959.
Dorothy’s son was born with a congenital heart defect after she contracted Rubella during pregnancy. Research into childhood diseases was desperately needed. In response to a request from Sir Lorimer Dods, a paediatrician and one of the founders of the Children’s Medical Research Institute, she started fundraising with a cake stall raising $50.
Since then, the group has raised $1.862 million for the Children’s Medical
Research Institute to finance work on childhood cancers, epilepsy, inherited eye
diseases, autism, cleft lip and palate and other genetic abnormalities that affect
1 in 20 children.
This year’s Quilt Show will feature a retrospective exhibition of works by award winning local quilter, Merelyn Pearce. Winner of national and international prizes, Merelyn is famous for her vibrantly coloured Margaret Preston inspired quilts and wall hangings.
Apart from the quilts on display, there will be the annual quilt raffle, a wide range of stalls with quilting supplies, craft, clothing and children’s wear, jewellery, homemade Christmas cakes and puddings, sweets, cakes and slice for sale
The CMRI craft stall will again feature the work of the Monday Quilters at the Craft Stall. The group has been meeting each Monday at the home of Life Member, Edith Burgess, for 25 years.
Five of the members have given their time, energy and creative skills for all these years: Marj O’Keeffe, Joyce Sharpe, Mena Sharpe, Dawn Miller and Marg Weir.
They have been joined by Barbara Donald, Sue Dmetreson, Joycelyn Humphries, Pam MacIver, Marj Wymer, Edith Burgess and Suzanne St Claire.
Members range in age from early 20’s to over 90’s, and new members are
always welcome. Talk to one of them at the craft stall at the show.
Details: Fri 13-Sat 14 Nov, 9-5pm, and Sun 15 Nov from 9-3pm, Gerringong Town Hall
Admission is $5, with a lucky door prize of a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, valued at $750, donated by Robyne Ippoliti, owner of Oak Home in Gerringong.