Real interest .. Giving and receiving Altrusa International of Timaru's peace quilt for Hospice South Canterbury are (from left) hospice complementary therapist Doreen O'Sullivan, clinical nurse manager Faye Gillies, Altrusa Timaru president Donna McColl and president-elect Robyn Brien. PHOTO: HELEN HOLT

by Helen Holt

Altrusa International of Timaru has given its peace quilt to the Hospice South Canterbury.

The peace quilt was made in 2003 by Altrusa International District 15 (New Zealand), and featured 25cm squares which depict the areas of each club.

The national organisation had previously auctioned the quilt as a fundraiser, and each of the branches bid to hold the quilt for a year. However, Altrusa made a decision to retire the quilt, and it was auctioned off for the final time earlier this month .

The Timaru club won the auction for $850, and gave the peace quilt to the hospice.

Altrusa International of Timaru president Donna McColl said they gave the quilt to the hospice because it did so much for the community.

“It was something we could do to help them.”

President-elect Robyn Brien said Altrusa was pleased to give back to the hospice.

“Many of our members know someone who’s been through the hospice, so it’s special for us to give back to them.”

Unique squares . . . Timaru’s square on the Altrusa peace quilt. PHOTO: HELEN HOLT

The quilt has been placed in the therapy room of the newly built cottage at the hospice.

Complementary therapist Doreen O’Sullivan said the quilt would be well used.

Clinical nurse manager Faye Gillies said it would spark an interest from patients.

“Each square is unique and a lot of work has gone into it.

“This is a fairly well-used room, so it will get a lot of attention.

“Altrusa are a special organisation to us.

“They have helped us out in the past, so we really appreciate them.”