Footy Colours

Good morning Goodeze! 😁 We often receives special requests for ‘footy blankets’ from staff within the ICU and other critical care areas within the hospital. These colourful blankets are extremely popular with both men and women. The charts below show NRL team and AFL team colours. Choose colours you love and have fun creating different patterns and designs! We have several different packs made up already for those wanting to start a rug.😊

If there are any amazing Goodeze out there that would like to contribute by donating yarn, we are currently running very low in white, black, red and green yarn. If you would like to make a donation, please contact us regarding drop off points. Thank you for all you do for GoG!😍💕💖

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Block of the Month!

We have decided to include block of the month into our busy schedules.

If you wish to participate, you will complete a block and bring it/send it to a Goodeze working bee during that month. The blocks will be put together to make a blanket (many hands make light work).

Each month will have a colour theme. We are beginning in October with PINK to connect with our Pink Ribbon ‘Feast’ that we will be holding to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation.

We ask you to adhere to the following guidelines so that all the blocks will fit together easily
* the completed block should measure 15cm x 15cm
* the block can be crocheted or knitted
* use 8 ply acrylic yarn
* your block can be any design but, MUST be 15 cm square
* the block can be any shade of the colour chosen for that month

Enjoy! I cannot wait to see what you creative, caring folk come up with!

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ICU Feedback – ‘GoGs’ and Dogs!

8 September – How lucky was the ICU Team today! A visit from the GOGs and DOGs. Mary from ‘GOG’ and Pat from ‘Mission Stitchin” dropping off comfort care goods and Ruby and Amanda from Delta doing their Sunday rounds. – Kath

September 15 – Adopted today and will from now on will be referred to as Grandma Sunshine. – Kath

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14 September – These fiddle toys have so many uses. They are used to comfort children, distract during procedures, provide a confused patient with a source of sensory outlet rather then pulling at lines.
We give then to children visiting patients in our unit that are feeling overwhelmed. We give them to patients just having a bad day and need a little positive mascot to cheer them up. Dina found the perfect person to give this one too. – Kath

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18 September – When a patient cant choose which blanket they like the most, Nathan and Arnie are happy to model. This photo was taken on our balcony.

It’s very important for our long term patients to go outside in the natural light for whole lot of reasons. Thanks to the blankets, beanies, shawls and scarfs our patients stay longer on the balcony on these cold Canberra days for a good dose of Sunshine. – Kath

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GoG Working Bee – 7 September

Thank you to all the Goodeze who came along today to another hugely successful biweekly GOG working bee. 🐝Despite the turn of bad weather there was a huge member turn out, and a large portion of new members and faces; we all had an absolute blast. We had a wonderful visit from the lovely Chris, a past patient of the ICU and one of the first recipients of a GOG beanie. He shared with us stories about the patient journey, and how much of a positive impact the goodies our members create makes. We received mountains of amazing Goodies and are very thankful to everyone who has donated; we are so excited to pass them on to the hospital. 😁

A few new ideas were thrown around at this GOG meeting and we are excited to introduce the Colour of the Month project, where each month people crochet or knit one square of a certain colour and size, and bring it in to be sewn up to make one communally made blanket. Robin (with a bin) 😉will be around to provide further details on that. We are also going to hold a Pink Ribbon Feast on the 20th of October, so please keep the day free so we can all come together to celebrate the strength of women with breast cancer all around the world, and help raise money for a great cause. 💖

Finally, if you’re stuck on what to start next, we are currently putting a call out for footy blankets, cannula covers, and Gogsters. If you have any questions or need any wool; don’t hesitate to contact us. We have packs already made up to hand out! (Thanks for the help Amanda!) 😁

Thank you as always for all your time and work, without you all this would not be possible. We are so lucky to be surrounded by such loving and giving people, what a beautiful family we have become and we’re so excited that we’re still growing.💖💕

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GoG Working Bee – 25 August

Thank you to those Goodeze who came along and made today’s working bee so much fun! 😁 On top of the usual sharing of skills and ideas, ‘show and tell’ and ‘yarn dealing’ that always make these gatherings enjoyable and rewarding, we also tackled some tasks that had slowly been building behind the scenes. For that I have to say a HUGE thank you to Vicki, Marnie, Cara, Robin and Amanda for going the extra mile for me today. You guys are legends! 💕💖🌻

To all who donated the truly stunning collection of ‘Goodies’ today, you guys just blow me away with your creativity and generosity. You can feel the love that’s poured into each item just by looking at them… “it’s a kind of magic!” 🎶 🤩

It was so much fun today, I can’t wait for the next WB! 😍💖💕

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Posted by Mary Barlow on Sunday, August 25, 2019

GoG ICU Feedback – August

29 August – Am always struck by the difference the gowns make. Discharged a beautiful woman who has been in ICU for a very long time. Felt so proud when the ward staff said how lovely was the gown. Now what you stitching knitting fabulous people need to appreciate, is the the humanising effect the gowns have particularly on a disorientated patient with deletion. It was also great to see this woman fiddle constantly with the fiddle toys you provide.  Thanks again. – Tess

28 August – Imagine this …. when I asked a young granny who knew she was going to die what was important to her, she said her young 3 year old granddaughter, a lobster last meal, being comfortable and warm, family and Carlton football team. 
It’s very moving hear her name the Gogster for the child, sit comfortably and warm under the pink knitted GOG blanket, in a lovely Mission Stitchin’ yellow gown, surrounded by family. I wrote memories from her childhood on hand made watercolour cards and placed them in a memory box with a lock of her hair. 
A beautiful death made so special by the GOGs. 
Keep knitting. It makes a difference to people that words could never describe but I see it in their eyes … and I can imagine it in the future eyes of a little grandchild holding memories of a treasured granny cuddling a Gogster and reading her granny’s favourite Magic Faraway Tree. – Tess

27 August – It’s not only the patients that love a GOG blanket! – Kath

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25 August – Vince our physio is loving the comfort pillows. Not only do they give comfort but they are highly functional in aiding deep breathing and coughing, by acting as a post operative splint to a wound and preventing pneumonia.
Great work GOGs ! – Kath

14 August – Dr Manoj is a big fan of the GOGs and all they do to enhance the patient experience. – Kath

13 August – Jane our Pallative Care Co ordinator has definitely got the GOG bug.
She often gifts a GOG blanket to the patients in her care.
Today the beautiful blanket was chosen with care and love.

11 August – Thank you GoGs for all your hard work making the beautiful comfort care goods.
Today I restocked our cupboards from your working bee.
On behalf of our staff we really value the time and effort you put into every item.
These goods compliment the exemplary care we try to achieve.
Thank you from all of us in ICU.

Amanda – It’s a delight to make items for an organisation that’s so organised (thank you, Mary Barlow!) and that’s giving us real time feedback (Kath and Tess etc). It makes all the difference!

9 August – Our lovely Nurse Manager Lola gifted the beautiful heart pillow to a patient having surgery on his Birthday.
It certainly made him smile!

4 August – Miss Lolly was officially adopted this week by a young man who told me Miss Lolly was Sponge Bob Square Pants Nana.
He was taking her home to look after his Sponge Bob!

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4 August – ‘Twinkle’ was adopted today and complemented this beautiful purple blanket that captured the eye of it’s new recipient.This lovely lady was having a bad day and feeling very sad and lonely being far from her home. A visit with Ruby and a touch of GOG magic with a little Twinkle changed her mood. Just laughed at Twinkle and loved her purple blanket and beanie so much.
She said just seeing colour and sparkle lifted her mood.
Well done team  X

4 August – Visiting the patients on our therapy dog round we meet many patients who wanted to feedback their gratitude to the GOGs.
The lovely lady that received this blanket has been making blankets for the Neonatal Intensive Care unit for nearly 20 years but this was the first time in her life she has received a knitted blanket.
As a fellow crafter she shared the message of how important it is to feedback to the volunteers and it’s the staff feedback from the NICU that has kept her knitting for 20 years.
She loved the blue colours in this blanket and wanted to pass on her appreciation.
Looks like Ruby likes it too. X

GoG Working Bee – 10 August

Thank you to all the lovely Goodeze who ventured out in the freezing cold Canberra temperatures to make it to our working bee yesterday! 💕😊 It was so nice to welcome some new members once again and we had a lots of laughs and many gorgeous Goodies to marvel at on our show and tell table! 😁 Just love the vibe at these ‘stitch-ins’! 💕 A special mention to our super winders and de-tanglers for making quick work of a job that took many hours in the past – you guys are legends! 😁💖

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Beanie Delivery

With this icy cold weather settling in, these two bags of beautiful beanies just cried out to be taken to where they will be needed most over the coming days! ICU and A and E often see an influx of people who are sleeping rough requiring medical treatment at these times. Being able to hand out a beanie to them before they leave is another way GoG likes to support TCH to support our local community. Thank you to all the Goodeze who rose to the occasion when the call for adult beanies was put out! You’re all super stars! 🤩🤩💖

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