“This year people can make their own nic nak bag and win a prize. Our volunteers also take care of the food during the day, all freshly prepared.
“We have busloads of people from the Tablelands and Tully. Visitors receive a catalog containing information on all the quilts on display. Most people stay all day.
Quilting a Task
Collecting all the quilts for the exhibit is a daunting task with volunteers who travel the Far North to collect the quilts.
“Currently, we still collect all quilts. Some people send us the quilts by post, but most of the quilts are collected by car by our volunteers.
“It’s a lot of work to set up the exhibit and hang all the quilts. We have about twenty volunteers but friends come to help us because we need all the help we can get.
“A number of people are also staying at the sports center every night as security, as some of the duvets are worth quite a large sum of money.
Ms Kachel said that over the past few years between $10,000 and $15,000 has been raised for the Leukemia Foundation.
“The money raised is used to support people who have contracted blood cancers in the local community.
“They often cannot be treated here and have to travel not only to Cairns or Townsville, but also to Brisbane for treatment. So we provide hosting and support.
“The Foundation – which was established in 1979 in Queensland and now extends across Australia – also invests millions of dollars in research to find better cures for blood cancer.
“We also provide consultancy services, most recently we appointed a support coordinator in Cairns. Her role is to support patients undergoing their treatment in Cairns.
“The money raised for the Foundation is much needed, because people with blood cancer face many challenges in regions such as the Far North.
The Airing of the Quilts exhibition takes place on Saturday 25th June from 9am to 4pm, Sunday 26th June from 9am to 4pm, Monday 27th June from 9am to 3pm at the indoor sports centre, Front St Mossman. Tickets are on sale at the door only.