Tignish, which is located on the northwest tip of Prince Edward Island (PEI), became a Branch in June 2014. It started with five founding members and now has 30 volunteers, 15 of whom meet on a weekly basis. During these meetings, members cut quilt kits then take them home to make the quilt tops. The quilting itself is done by two wonderful ladies in the Branch.
After completion, quilts are hand delivered across Prince County and the northwestern third of the island. As Tignish is currently the only Branch on the island, efforts are underway to get a Branch established at the other end. New members are always welcome.
Tignish Branch was off to a running start from the moment it was established. By the end of December 2014, it had delivered 44 quilts and has sent out 105 quilts to date. Local media have also noticed this Branch and written about it:
- Quilt group delivers 75 quilts in Prince County (PEIcanada.com, June 17, 2015)
- Tignish branch providing quilts for Prince County cancer patients (The Journal Pioneer, PEI, June 16, 2015)
- New quilting group seek to bring comfort to cancer patients (The Journal Pioneer, PEI, June 19, 2014)
Fundraising and other activities
Funds for its operations come from a variety of sources, including memorial and individual donations as well as corporate donations from the Wellington Credit Union and the Tignish Credit Union. Tignish has also carried out the following fundraising activities:
- In August 2014, the Branch held a Bingo that raised $1100.
- In July 2015, the Branch held another Bingo and raised $1491.
|Some quilts made by Tignish Branch volunteers (click on image to view slide show)|
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