The situation regarding Covid-19 changes daily and GOG is making every effort to adapt to these changes, for the health and safety of all the members of our community. As you are aware, our last Working Bee was cancelled. It was unfortunate to miss out on such a strong community building event, but for the sake of the whole community, especially members who are particularly vulnerable at this time, we have had to cancel all in-person working bees.
The following is some important new information to keep everyone up to date.
1. It is just as important as ever for people to find comfort in this trying time, which is what GOG has been doing since its founding, so goodies are still in need. We are asking our members to carry on stitching within their own homes if their situation allows, even though our in-person Working Bees have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Thanks to our lovely supporters; Hobbysew and Crafty Frog, members will be able to continue to drop off Goodies at these businesses. Any members who are self-isolating/self-quarantined and unable to leave their home can contact myself to arrange for a doorstep pickup. Further, any members who may require supplies (Job for GOG packs, yarn, etc) can contact myself via email or Facebook PM and we will arrange to supply packs.
2. Virtual Working Bees – Last weekend we trialled a Facebook virtual working bee where members chatted and posted photos of their current projects, etc. We would like to continue to conduct our Working Bees online until we can meet again in person and are now working through the logistics to provide further virtual content at this time and will inform members of the details soon.
3. ‘Weaving our Community Together’ – Social connection and building communities is a major aspect of GOGs charter. With that in mind we would like to offer a ‘buddy system’ for our members to be able to continue to connect for a chat, a check-in and to challenge and support each other while continuing GOG’s creative and caring atmosphere. Self-isolation should not be ‘social isolation’ and GOG would like to be able to continue to support its members especially during these difficult and uncertain times. To that end I will be putting out a Facebook poll to ask members if they would like to participate and will then pair up those members using a ‘random name selection’ program for a bit of fun. If you would like to join us but don’t have Facebook, please email me and we will ensure you are included.
Thanks for all you do for GOG and our community! Please take care of yourselves and each other and of course, Keep Calm and Keep on Stitchin’!
GOG was invited along to a ‘Seniors Skill Sharing’ event this afternoon held at the Canberra Seniors Centre. We enjoyed an afternoon of chatting and connecting with some lovely people, while sharing the art and love of knitting and crocheting. Thanks to Megan from Consenses Community Events for the invitation and to the Goodeze who gave their time to join me this afternoon!
An elderly patient that had been hospitalized for months and away from family and her husband for months asked our staff if she could have a blanket to send to her husband on his 90th. She choose the Parramatta Eels blanket.
A kind staff member posted the blanket to its recipient in a country area. It was fed back to me, what a tremendous hit it was and how it gave the gentleman much solace and comfort.
That’s what I call a team effort!
Permission to share this story was granted. – Kath
Today we held our first ‘Craft and Conversation’session at Taylor since the new year and it was a great success, despite the strange weather. We were joined by some of our wonderful GOG members and some absolutely lovely members of the Margaret Hendry primary school community, some continuing on from last year and some new members too! It was a small turn out as the rain kept people away, but with many keen voices floating around we are sure we’re going to be booming in the coming weeks. 😊 Thanks to Kathryn Deng for the photos!
On another hot day in Canberra it was wonderful to escape into the air conditioned comfort of the Canberra Raiders Club near Kippax for today’s GOG Working Bee.
It was eyes down and fingers busy as members sewed labels and knitted and crocheted their way through a couple of hours of the usual laughter, chat, sharing and teaching that are the hallmarks of every GOG Working Bee.
Despite many members protestations that they felt it had been too hot to craft in the last two weeks the donation table was again laiden with some wonderful creations that will bring joy and comfort to patients in the Canberra Health Services.
Thanks for another great afternoon everyone, your generosity and creativity always inspire me. – Barbara
The new gold standard treatment in ICU is GOG and DOG therapy. Miss Ruby visited a gentleman that said recieving a GOG blanket and having a visit from Ruby was the best day ever. He asked me to pass on his Thanks and said he would treasure it. He loved the colour combination! – Kath
Dear GOG community.
I was just reflecting on the last few weeks and how busy it has been. Our registrar is reflecting how lucky we are to have the comfort care goods to distribute to our patients.
The GOG ‘gift giving bed to bed service’ was received with much positivity and enthusiasm and a lot of the staff were so thrilled to see the patients and families choose their own gifts. For days we saw patients with Christmas quilts on their beds.
On the afternoon that the trolley was wheeled around, there was much laughter and joy. I will never forget its amazing presentation. One patient fedback to me how grateful that she was to be able to choose gifts for her children from the trolley. She has been hospitalized for 3 months. GOG gifts definitely made Christmas special this year for everyone in ICU. GOG continues to provide comfort care for end of life care and once again families have been very humbled by your kindness.
The teddy’s with the fiddle muffs attached have been an enormous hit with some of elderly patients.
Once again thanks for all you do for patient care. – Kathleen
We received a thank you card today from a family that where very appreciative of the care their loved one received. They particularly where humbled by the beautiful blanket gifted to their loved one by GOG and wanted to pass on their heartfelt thank you to the GOG community for such a kind and thoughtful gesture. Thank you GOGs – Kath
Happy New Year Goodeze! 🥳🥳 It’s been such a fun and productive year! We’ve achieved so much and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every Goodie who contributed to our amazing success this year!
We have supported many Canberra as well as interstate families over the past year and it has been a real pleasure leading us into the new year with so many new Goodies added to our ‘repertoire’, new members joining our community and several new programs starting or set to start in the very near future.
Thank you to one and all for an amazing year! Please stay safe over the New Year and I hope you are able to spend time with loved ones.
Here is a review of GOG’s year in pictures! I hope you enjoy!
It was wonderful to see another amazing turnout of the GOG Tribe at today’s working bee on a very hot and smokey day.
It was especially fabulous to welcome new members, who were quick to take up needles and join in today’s group projects of getting labels sewn onto an amazing pile of completed goodies, winding wool and/or starting their own goodies to donate to the hospital.
As always there was lots of chat, laughter, sharing and learning among the stitching, and the Christmas period hasn’t seen any slow down in the amazing goodies finished and donated by members of the tribe! As always I am in awe, and inspired by the creativity and talent of the GOG Tribe.
The most rewarding Christmas Eve I’ve ever spent, delivering all your amazing Goodies to patients and family members in ICU. 🎁 Something I’ll never forget and hope to repeat for many years to come! 💕
The joy on everyone’s faces including the staff, as we walked with our overflowing trollies through the ward spreading as much Christmas cheer as we could, was just priceless.
Merry Christmas and thank you to all the amazing staff in ICU who welcomed us, and who will be spending this Christmas period caring for some of our local families in need. You guys really are angels! 👼
Thanks to the GOG community for all your support over the year and for all your amazing contributions to make Christmas special for our patients and staff. I have received so much positive feedback from staff tonight and just want to pass on many thanks for the joy you brought today. Merry Christmas everyone – Kathleen
My patients family just LOVED the things for their child and the gown for the patient for Christmas Day 🥰 thank you so much for putting smiles on their faces 🥰 – Angela