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June 2017
New Branch opens in Halifax

A new VQC Branch is up and running in Halifax! It has just five members for now (two of which live in Digby, Nova Scotia), but they are very excited and expect the Branch to grow quickly. They’re already making headlines in the local community with the publication of a May 2017 article in Chebucto News (Victoria's Quilts Canada comes to Spryfield).

The Branch currently meets twice a month, on a Wednesday and a Friday evening. Its members are now altering several donated quilt tops so that they fit the dimensions of a VQC quilt. They expect to soon have 8-10 completed quilts ready to deliver.

The opening of the Halifax Branch means there are now two in Nova Scotia. Tantramar, which is the other one, has been around since 2010 and delivers quilts to three nearby counties: Cumberland, Pictou and Colchester. Halifax expects it can soon cover the rest of the province, starting with the greater Halifax region. Welcome aboard, Halifax! We’re delighted to have you on our team.

If you would like to join the Branch, or need more information, contact Sandra Adam, the Branch Coordinator, at halifax@victoriasquiltscanada.com.

June 2017
Friends of VQC-Moncton gather to sew quilt tops

Judy Rodgers and her friends with some finished quilt tops

This past April, fifteen ladies from around New Brunswick gathered at the Bouctouche Inn & Suites during one weekend to sew 85 quilt tops for the VQC-Moncton Branch. The event was organized by Moncton Branch’s Judy Rodgers. It was the fifth time she had gathered friends to sew for VQC, many of whom have, or have had, a loved one diagnosed with cancer. In her words, it was ‘the most amazing weekend!”

The event would not have been possible without the support of The Cartier Foundation and Bouctouche Inn & Suites. When it was over, the finished tops were returned to Moncton where they were quilted and prepared for delivery to fill quilt requests.

May 2017
Annual Fashion Show fundraiser this fall

Mark your calendar! Our annual Fashion Show fundraiser will take place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at City View United Church, 6 Epworth Avenue in Nepean.

Once again, Nygard will provide their beautiful clothing for the show and, as before, our very professional VQC models will wear all these lovely fashions for your enjoyment. Nygard will also have a large stock of clothing onsite, allowing everyone to try on and purchase their favourite items right on the spot.

The event will begin at 1:00 p.m., when home-made desserts are served, followed by the Fashion Show at 2:00 pm. VQC will also be holding a silent auction. Tickets cost $20 and sell out quickly, so reserve now.

To reserve your tickets ahead of time, register online or contact Kathy Yach at 613-224-6835  or cityviewky@rogers.com.

2017 Fashion Show FlyerClick image to download flyer

Proceeds from the sale of tickets and the silent auction will enable Victoria's Quilts Canada to purchase the supplies necessary to continue making quilts.

The afternoon promises to be lots of fun. It’s a great place to pick up some early Christmas presents while getting a taste of Nygard’s fantastic fall and winter fashions. We hope to see you there.

March 2017
Join us for the 8th Annual Rabbi Bulka Radio-thon!

Annual report cover

Mark Sunday, June 25, 2017 on your calendars and tune in to Rabbi Reuven Bulka's radio program on 580 CFRA from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Rabbi Bulka has once again generously dedicated his program to raise funds for Victoria's Quilts Canada. Joining Rabbi Bulka as co-host will be Steve Madely, retired host of CFRA's former program, Madely in the Morning.

HOW TO DONATE
Donate online now via the CanadaHelps website or call in during the Radio-thon
at 613-224-6835 or
613-838-2520.

Victoria’s Quilts Canada (VQC) is a national, non-profit, charitable organization committed to providing quilts to people living with cancer in Canada. The quilts are a gift and no cost is ever passed on to the requester or the recipient.

Our major sources of funds are donations from private individuals who are often quilt recipients, as well as their families and friends. These donations go directly towards purchasing materials for our quilt-making program (i.e. quilt batting and flannel), as we do not have any paid staff.

VQC currently delivers nearly 600 quilts each month to people living with cancer in Canada. That number continues to grow. Our costs are also increasing. Each month, we spend nearly $8,000 to purchase just the batting and flannel to put in those quilts, plus about $2,400 to mail them to locations not served by a VQC Branch.

Your donation during the Radio-thon is therefore very important. It will enable us to continue purchasing quilt-making supplies and pay for their delivery by mail. Our goal this year is $20,000. We hope you will be able to make this goal a reality.

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Updated: June 20, 2017