Right now I’m sitting in an almost dark classroom. Students have gone, the vendors, helpers and committee have gone and the music that inspires me resonates through the building. By the light of my iPad screen my fingers are illuminated by my trusty iPad screen and dancing over the keys to the music.
How can I put into words how I feel about this event?
I’m an Australian, this is not my country and yet we all come together in the spirit of Quilting, I’m no different to any other person at this event. I know I’m looked at sideways in OZ because I’ve adopted this program. I’m not guessing that…. I’ve been told so many times. My theory is that people are people no matter where they live.
There is no signage on the side of the road that states a child in Australia is any different to a child in America, or that an Australian can only fundraise in their own country. The children in this community desperately need assistance and the $60,000 we have raised and the thousands of hours of voluntary service have made our event just special.
No organisation is running this event to make money. We are making money through sharing.
We are heart rich.
The vendors are set up and we had a small reception late this afternoon to meet and greet everyone in this partnership. There were 100’s of people in the room of varying ages, individuals who have one goal in mind. The youth of Ottero County.
I had a huge lump in my throat this morning when I was taken to see a wall of Geraldine quilts made by 8-13 year old girls in a community that has some incredible challenges. I’m sure you would be filled with pride if these were your Grandies. I’m sure you would have admired the young people, all in their orange shirts who spent an entire day with us. Their youthful spirit put to the test as we asked them to carry machines, help set up booths and then take a quilting class with Miss Sue for a few hours.
Another heart moment is when you learn that the children in the blind school are also making GeraldineQuilts…
The first National Bank has backed us all the way for the past 8 years and are rather proud of our efforts as we are of them.
I’ll tell you a secret in 2018 we will have a huge surprise for everyone who attends… its just darned exciting.
We’ve had two days of classes already and today the vendors open the doors to their stores.
I had no time to photograph yesterday but will add photo today.