Playing Santa at TCH!

Friday afternoon we made our final delivery for the year of GOG donations to Canberra Hospital! 🎁

Thanks to all our members’ donations and creative efforts, we filled a three trolleys full of toys, Goodie Dolls, beanies, socks, scarves, shawls and blankets to hopefully provide some comfort and Christmas cheer!! 😁🎄🎁

Wishing all GOG members a safe and happy 2019.🎄💜💖

Vicki and Wendy delivering “Goodies” to Amy and Katherine at the Donation Station at TCH

“Canberra Hospital – all AGOG this Christmas!” 😁🎄

Let’s make the Canberra Hospital all ‘AGOG’ with “Goodeze” this Christmas!! 🎁

A hospital visit at any time of the year can be distressing, but to be an inpatient or to have a loved one suddenly in hospital over Christmas can be particularly difficult.

GoG is aiming to bring some ‘comfort and joy’ to patients and their loved ones, as well as help brighten the day of the amazing nursing staff at the CH by providing them with Goodeze to hand out to those in need.

If each member donates just 1 ball we could complete a beanie, Goodee Doll or some squares for a comforting blanket and help over 100 patients!

If you would like to contribute, wool can be taken to the Canberra Hospital Donation Station and placed in the box marked GoG, or dropped off at Hobby Sew Belconnen Mall. Contact us to make other arrangements.

Lets bring the gift of GoG this Christmas!💕

Foundation Thank You Function!

GOG has come of age! 😁 Tonight Wendy and I attended The Canberra Hospital Foundation “Thank You” event at the GIO Stadium, our first official function! It was an amazing evening filled with inspirational people and special guests including His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Lady Cosgrove, Mrs Debbie Rolfe AM, Chair, Canberra Hospital Foundation and Shane Rattenbury MLA.
Thank you to The Foundation for the invitation and the recognition we received for all the love and passion that our members put into their Goodies. 💜

It was an honour to meet Mr and Mrs Saclier from Dot to Dot who have been supporting the Foundation for many years.
Shane Rattenbury MLA, acknowledges the valuable contributions made by all present, including GoG! 😁

Enjoying a chat with Carly – Director of Nursing- ICU TCH

Hiroshima Nursing Student Welcome Lunch – UC

Congratulations Mary for your leadership of the Good Omen Goodeze!
What an achievement to get this recognition from Prof Strickland for supporting nursing education about comfort care to the UC Nursing Students and Hiroshima Nursing Students.

Thankyou Tess for also supporting Mary in the presentation of GOGs comfort goods and thankyou to all the GOGs for the effort and time you contribute to this project. – Kath TCH ICU

It’s GoG-tober!

Wendy and I had the pleasure of delivering these treasures to Kim and Catherine at the Canberra Hospital Foundation yesterday afternoon. Thank you to all the Goodeze, the hard working volunteers from across Canberra young and old, who made this latest batch possible. Also, thank you to anyone who donated materials or supported GoG during this process in other ways. 💞💖😁

P.J. Feedback from Jason

With permission I’d like to share this feedback from a grateful family member of a patient at Canberra Hospital.  Huge thanks to Mission Stitchin’ for a wonderful job!
Jason is feeling thankful at Canberra Hospital.

A huge thank you to Kath from Canberra Hospital ICU and June (Mission Stitchin’ – GoGs) for assisting with turning some of Jake’s clothes into hospital friendly gowns. While he may not be awake enough to say thanks himself it has undoubtedly made him feel more comfortable during this difficult time. You guys are legends!

Hi Jason, The amazing June has done some beautiful work on his clothing and we are just so pleased to be able to be of some help to make Jake’s time in hospital as comfortable as possible. All the very best from all of us here at GoG!

Thanks Mary, it really is amazing work you guys do. So selfless! A big BZ to everyone at GoG, especially June for her wonderful work and attention to detail! Amazing! P.S. BZ is a military term (give it a google).

“The combination of the Bravo and Zulu nautical signal flags, eg, Bravo Zulu, also referred to as “BZ”, is a naval signal, typically conveyed by flghoist or voice radio, meaning “Well Done” with regard to actions, operations or performance.”

The PJs went very well, the pants were excellent….I think the design is well thought through and should be sustained for the next pair!

Hi Jason, I am one of the many GoG members trying to make a difference in people’s lives. This story touches our hearts, more than you could know. Everything we make is made with love. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story💝💖 – Vicki

Working Bee 23 June

On Saturday we held our first ‘targeted working bee’ focusing on Goodie Dolls! These cuties are made by crocheting a ‘blankie’ around a small donated soft toy, to create a comfort doll for young children.  These lovies make a huge difference to children who may be suffering trauma, need a distraction when receiving medical treatment or something soft to cuddle in their time of need.

A huge thank you to Christa who offered to hold the event at her house and for providing such a lovely afternoon tea!  Also, thank you to everyone who made the time to come along and learn the simple pattern.  I can’t wait to see all the completed Goodeze!

If anyone who wasn’t able to attend would like to give one a try, contact me and I’ll happily supply toys and wool and a simple pattern for you to give one a go!

World Wide Knit in Public Day 2018

Saturday 9th June is World Wide Knit in Public Day!

WWKIPDAY is unique in that it’s the largest knitter run event in the world.  Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers.

The event is growing in size each year with many groups assembling throughout Canberra and the surrounding regions.  This year ‘Good Omen Goodeze’ (GoG) is taking part in this event from 2 – 5pm on Saturday 9th June at the Centre Court, level 1 outside Myer, Westfield Belconnen Mall.

This will be a day for us to enjoy sitting and knitting together and our members will be creating squares for a blanket which will be donated to the Canberra Hospital. GoG will also be providing donated wool and needles so that interested members of the public can come along and give knitting a try.  We will also have French knitting spools and pom pom makers made from recycled cardboard for children to come down, learn and new skill and join in the fun!

Join us and be part of a very colourful, passionate and local charity group and be part of a global movement.

For more information regarding this event, please visit our information page on WWKIP Day.

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Mary Liondi-Barlow