Cards and craft for a cause

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15_Craft-groupThe Avenel-Nagambie Uniting Church craft group (pictured) raised $2960 last year for a range of charitable and community care appeals.

The dedicated craft group makes handmade cards and other crafty items which are sold at the Nagambie Lakes community market each month.

The group’s organiser, Heather Parkinson, said they have been active for several years and regularly meet at her and her husband Ken’s garage, which has been converted to a workshop for the group.

“While the ladies make cards, Ken is making camp cookers and garden birds to sell at the market,” Ms Parkinson said.

“Our aim is to make a difference in our community, Australia and overseas – in a quiet way I believe we are achieving that.”

Ms Parkinson said the group has gone from strength to strength since its humble beginning.

“I learnt folk art in 2006 and later was introduced to card making – I started creating cards and soon found I had a heap of them so I started a stall at our local market which did really well.

“So from there I decided to form a craft group under the banner of the Avenel-Nagambie Uniting Church.

“We have card-making kits for children, handmade origami gift boxes, patchwork bags – it’s a team effort and there is a lot of fellowship, fun and work done.”

Funds raised went towards Frontier Services, the Uniting Church bushfire and flood appeals as well as a range of local community appeals.

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