Creatives rally to raise funds for South West support charity

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Stirling Street Arts Centre Creative Textiles group committee member Jan Haisma, treasurer Rosemarie Oakley, committee member Natalie Smith, and group leader Barbara Stuart presentWaratah's Di Tate and Astrid Chapman with the donation.
Camera IconStirling Street Arts Centre Creative Textiles group committee member Jan Haisma, treasurer Rosemarie Oakley, committee member Natalie Smith, and group leader Barbara Stuart presentWaratah's Di Tate and Astrid Chapman with the donation. Credit: Ailish Delaney/South Western Times/Ailish Delaney

The crafty ladies at the Creative Textiles group, operating out of the Stirling Street Arts Centre, have rallied together to raise money for the Waratah Support Centre.

Waratah Support Centre provides free, specialised intervention services to help people who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence and those who need support to deal with trauma in their lives.

Creative Textiles group leader Barbara Stuart said the group met weekly and decided on a cause to donate to each year.

“We appreciate the work Waratah does in the South West community and it’s a privilege to be able to help,” she said.

The Creative Textiles group presenting their donation to Waratah's Di Tate and Astrid Chapman.
Camera IconThe Creative Textiles group presenting their donation to Waratah's Di Tate and Astrid Chapman.

Ms Stuart said the group was excited to be back in action and members were slowly coming out to the centre.

“We’re happy to be a group within a vibrant and welcoming centre,” she said.

“It’s been especially important to have this space as we all come out of isolation.”

Waratah Support Centre chief executive Astrid Chapman said it was “phenomenally generous” of the group to donate.

This demonstrates how a little can add up when you get people together to help.

Astrid Chapman

“I’m very impressed with the contribution from Creative Textiles and how people within the community have come together to help us and our clients during this challenging time.”

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