Students stitch quilts of hope

Josh Kirkaldy and Chelsea Borg with the quilts.Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d447746
Josh Kirkaldy and Chelsea Borg with the quilts.Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d447746

MESSAGES of hope and love have been embroidered on two handmade quilts that are now on their way to a refugee |family.

Painstakingly created by Year 6 students at Inglewood Primary School, the quilts were embroidered with 34 words to inspire the family who receives them.

Indonesian teacher Gail Hollands, or Ibu Gabi as she is referred to in her class, said the students came up with the idea to make the quilts after she read them My Two Blankets by Irena Kobold.

�We are hoping that a child or parent will be covered by the quilt and it will help them to realise that we care about them,� Ms Hollands said.

�The words are important. They can learn English and trace the words with their fingers because of the stitching; it�s very tactile.�

Ms Hollands said the students had also listened to a presentation by the Red Cross on the difficulties refugees face and the difference between asylum seekers and refugees.

She said the program used to be government-funded, but since the funding was cut she had to pay for it from her budget.

�The kids absolutely loved it; their eyes are so open,� Ms Hollands said. �The students were impressed and admired that the refugees had gone through trauma but persevered.

�One of the students asked a refugee who came to the presentation, �If you had a choice to live here or go back to Syria, where would you go?��

Ms Hollands said the man responded with emotion that his mother was back in Syria and if he had the choice, he would have stayed with her.

Year 6 students Chelsea Borg and Josh Kirkaldy said they enjoyed making the quilts.

�It was good to give it to someone who needed it,� Chelsea said.