ICU November Feedback

Inaugural Block of the Month Blanket

Thank you to all of the makers from the bottom of my heart.  The 36 tiles and the stitcher make me think of stories they were thinking when crocheting, “will I put this colour with that”, “what design is my tile” and what all these people might be doing in their day.  It’s just such a great distraction to an otherwise horrible experience.  When you go into surgery you leave your clothes in a bag.  You’re stripped bare, put your faith into the surgeons and hope Lady Luck is on your side.  It takes the edge off a very raw and blunt experience where you have to claw back from base of basics. 

Thanks Mary and the team, you are sensational!!!  Oh, and I did not know that I could rock pink so well!!  Chris

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Dogs and GOGS

Two of my favorite projects Dogs and GOGs 😊 it is so wonderful to offer this sort of support to our patients and families thank you everyone who make is possible, we couldn’t do it without your acts of kindness 😘 – Carly

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Gogster Goodness

We just keep learning why patients love these gogsters and pillows.
Yesterday a patient was telling me how much she missed her cat sitting on her bed.
How she missed that pressure feeling on her legs and reaching down to feel soft fur that would give a feeling of comfort and protection.
I thought she would be a great candidate for the cat pillow that unfortunately I don’t have a photo of but attached is a picture of Joel who loves giving the Gogsters out.
Guess what it was a complete hit.
It reminds us how important our pets are to our sense of wellbeing.
She referred to the pillow of giving her some solace until she gets home.
The tactile design, the colour and the big contented cat face was a winner

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GOG Love

I have been meaning to post a message here…😍🥰😍

Last week I had the pleasure of caring for a wonderful person who was incredibly unwell. I felt so privileged to care for him, and to fold and place the chosen blanket and crocheted toy on him each time I turned him and provided pressure area care/skin care. Each time I did it, I placed the beautiful, thoughtful knitted goods aside, did his personal cares and took giant pride as I placed them back on him; knowing that his children would hold the items after he passed away, and how important these items will be in the future. I hope the beautifully crafted goods provide solace to his children for many years to come. Thank you Gogsters; for providing a beautiful, caring hug to everyone, myself included 😘 – Bec

ICU Feedback – October

Therapy Pillow Slips

20 Oct – The staff love the pillow slips that are filled with towels and act as splints to support wounds for deep breathing and coughing.
Thanks GoGs! x

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Mr Bojangles!

20 Oct – Today Mr Bojangles met his perfect match.
It was love at first sight.
Another successful Gogster adoption.
Thank you GOGs!

Gogster Adoption

17 Oct– This little guy was adopted.
I have been asked to pass on this message from the patient who adopted this Gogster with consent.

“I have not experienced such kindness from others in a long time. I can not remember when I last received a gift. I want to thank the people who volunteer to bring such a random act of care and kindness to someone they have never met.”

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Claire’s Presentation to Foundation Team

2 Oct – Today Claire gave a wonderful presentation to the Foundation Team of how we use the comfort goods to complement the delivery of patient care. It’s a great example of our partnership with GOG and how we are all part of a big team. Today we where reminded of that when a family spoke of how the comfort goods made a difference to their loved one’s hospital experience.

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Mission Stitchin’ – It’s Raining Cats, Dogs and Frogs!

There are so many things I love about running GOG, but one of my absolute favorites; one that really nurtures and replenishes me is a visit to ‘Pat’s’! This Friday was no exception! I left with two bags full of Goodies and a heart full of ‘goodness’! 😁 The love and effort the ladies put into making these exquisite Goodies shows in every stitch that is made, right down to the hand made binding to go around the quilts, ‘patchworking’ together materials for the bandannas, to making sure each panel on the therapy pillowcases is the ‘right way up’!! ☺️💕

Many thanks to Chris, Marilyn, May and Pat! The ‘artworks’ you make bring such joy and comfort to so many people!😍 💕

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‘Mico’ meets Daryl Somers and the Cast of ‘The Producers’!

Last night myself, Barbara and Wendy attended a performance of ‘The Producers’ at the Gungahlin Theater. The performances have been running all week and 10% of the ticket sales are going to charity groups throughout Canberra, including the Canberra Hospital Foundation which GoG proudly supports. If you haven’t had a chance to go along, we highly recommend it! 😁

After the show we were very privileged to meet with the talented and generous cast, including the legendary Daryl Somers. It was an amazing opportunity to share GoG’s mission and all the wonderful work you all do, with Daryl and the cast.

Thanks to Bernie Ryan for supporting GoG in this and all that she does to support local charity groups! You are amazing! ☺️❤️

‘Mico’ the Gogster even had ‘his’ own seat and though he was very starstruck meeting Daryl, he remained cool and will have a wonderful story to tell when he is finally adopted! 🤩💕

‘Mico’ the Gogster meeting Daryl Somers and the cast of ‘The Producers’. Thank you so much for your time and for staying back late to meet with us!
Mary sharing GoG’s mission and the wonderful work the Goodeze do for TCH and UCH!
Mico enjoying the performance!

GoG Pink Ribbon ‘Feast’!

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Pink Feast ‘Fun-raiser’! 😉 It was such a fantastic day with everyone who attended getting right into the spirit of the event!  Our relatively small group managed to raise $440 for a cause that’s very dear to our hearts here at GoG, so well done everyone and thank you! ❤️

Whilst the afternoon was mostly about games, laughter, fun and, maybe, just a little overloading on sugar, there was still plenty of stitching action going on and yet another lovely range of goodies donated to pass on to the Canberra Hospital.

The games ranged from ‘guess the number of buttons’, a soft toy toss game, competitions to find the fastest ‘hookers’, pass the parcel, ‘Heads and Tails’, speed label sewing, raffles and lucky door prizes … I may have even left something out of that list, but safe to say the room echoed with laughter all afternoon.

There are too many people to thank but special mention has to go to Amanda for donating the two major raffle prizes which included an exquisite hand made shawl, Robin for crocheting together our first ‘Block of the Month’ blanket in time for our ‘Feast’, Barbara for being our official photographer, Zoe for her help ‘backstage’ as well as out front and of course Vicki and Wendy and Marnie! 

We’re all looking forward to and already planning next year’s event!! ❤️ ❤️

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Hands Across Canberra Annual Luncheon

Extremely grateful today to be given the opportunity to represent GoG at the Hands Across Canberra (HAC) Annual Luncheon, held in the beautiful Gandel Hall at the National Gallery of Australia. A wonderful opportunity to network with likeminded organisations within our community and share our vision with government and the private sector.

The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and reaffirming, that what you are all doing to support GoG and the Canberra Health Services, is making a real difference to the lives of members in our local community.

Thank you to Peter Gordon, CEO of Hands Across Canberra for this amazing opportunity and Shane Rattenbury, MLA for your kind words and positive feedback and to the many generous business who made this luncheon possible.

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GoG Working Bee – 12 October Roundup

We had another wonderful GOG working bee today! 🤩Stitches were stitched over tea, coffee and some lovely home baked goodies. We received mountains of incredible goodies! Gogsters, Fiddlemuffs, blankets, beanies, Goodie Dolls, cannula covers, squares, slippers; we received them all! 😍 We’re so happy to see some more new faces come along and are ecstatic to see that this amazing group continues to grow. We have so many wonderful projects and events coming up, so keep your eyes peeled. 😁

Don’t forget next Sunday we’re holding our Pink Feast and thank you all for your continuous support and hard work! 💕💓💕

“Friday I’m in Love….” 😉😍

Another Friday and another visit to Mission Stitchin’ to collect some stunning Goodies! Exquisite quilts by Chris and Lynn and ‘therapy pillow’ pillowcases by Pat and the girls. How fortunate we are to have them in our GoG family! 💕💕💝

This stunning table runner will be part of our Christmas raffle, so save your pennies, it’s going to be a whopper! 😉😍💕💝

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The South African Connection!

“How wonderful that GoG has inspired another group of creative and compassionate people to craft such gorgeous comfort toys for children across the ocean! I hope they get many hugs and bring much joy! Well done Ruimsig!’💕💖💝

These are the comfort toys made by the crochet group at the Ruimsig Retirement Villlage in South Africa.

The toys will be going into approx. 200 Santa bags for children in creches, places of safety, institutions and care centers. 💖

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