International Nurses Day

In honour of International Year of Nurses and Midwives, and to celebrate Nurses Day, GOG decided to mark this occasion during unprecedented times, with a special project.

The idea was to create an individual hand-stitched flower ๐ŸŒบbrooch to be presented to each nurse within ICU and infection control, to show our support and heartfelt gratitude for these selfless and hardworking members of our community.

Last week, Mary and Amanda were thrilled to be able to make the presentation to the ACT Chief Nurse, Denise Patterson, the Critical Care executive team including Executive Director, Lisa Gilmore, Assistant Director of Nursing, Gillian, Dr Bron, Dr Manoj, Genevieve and their wonderful team of nurses in the ICU.

The joy on the face of each nurse after choosing their special flower, was as they say โ€˜pricelessโ€™. Thank you to Kathleen for her support in this and to all the Goodeze who were eager to participate, and who managed to keep our little secret, despite so many of these โ€˜heroesโ€™ being part of our GOG community on Facebook!ย ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’–

Zoom Working Bee 3 May

Once again, we had another fun as well as informative Zoom WB this afternoon! ๐Ÿคฉ It was great to see the projects that everyone’s been working on and to pass on some feedback we’ve had recently.

Our special guest star today was Chris Odell. For those who don’t know, Chris is a former ICU patient who regularly joins us to chat about his GOG experience. He’s a passionate and inspiring Goodie himself these days, and it’s a real treat to have him join us when he can. To thank him for giving up his afternoon to join us today, Robin decided to give him the honour of choosing the next BOM colour theme! We all look forward to seeing his BOM square at the next Zoom WB! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve recorded our little chat and will put it up on our facebook page for those members who couldn’t attend today and who may interested in hearing his amazing story.ย ๐Ÿ˜ย Thanks Chris and everyone who joined us today. It was great to see you all!!ย ๐Ÿฅฐ

A Conversation with Chris!


Morning all! ๐Ÿคฉ Today I’m introducing ‘UberKnits’ ๐Ÿ˜† on this glorious Canberra Autumn day! Any members who would like supplies delivered to their doorstep or have Goodies they would like collected, please PM me to sort out the details! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

UberKnits on its way! Let us know if you need anything!

Day one of UberKnits! Let us know if we can help or if you need anything! ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿงถ

Posted by Zoe Drew Barlow on Friday, March 20, 2020

14 March Working Bee Cancelled

Goodeze, in the light of current events we’ve cancelled todays meeting at UCH in order to keep our members and the patients safe.

We will have a time together this afternoon with a running post on Facebook so we can all show and share what we’re working on.
Please join us there for fun!

More information to follow shortly about drop off points for finished items. Thank you for your understanding. Have a fabulous weekend! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Palliative Care Service Project at TCH

The work of the end-of-life group is amazing! Thank you for everything that you guys do. It is a privilege to be able to make a small contribution and be part of it. ๐Ÿ’œ

Canberra Health ServicesMarch 8

Our comfort care packs provide physical and psychological comfort to patients at the end of their lives.

Toni Ashmore, Senior Project Manager for the Territory Wide Palliative Care Service Project, says the packs include things like beanies, gowns, socks lovingly hand crafted by members of the community and fans and weighted blankets to promote physical comfort.

โ€˜We also include materials for families to take handprints, thumbprints and locks of hair stored in a lovely memory boxโ€™, says Toni. โ€˜We are grateful to Canberra Hospital Foundation for enabling the purchase of these itemsโ€™.

We recently heard from the family of a man who was admitted to an oncology ward for end of life comfort care. โ€˜We will long remember the kindness, compassion, professionalism and empathy of every member of staff who cared for our Dad, and us, so very well… We’ll be forever grateful.โ€™

March 1 Working Bee

So another wonderful GOG Working Bee is done and dusted! It was fabulous to have more new members join us, and, to have some students from the University of Canberra sit in with us.

As always, nimble fingers busily stitched their way through the hours, as laughter, learning, a few nibbles, chat and materials were shared … the generosity of this group is amazing … generosity combined with creativity and skills that once again saw the donations for the Canberra Hospital piled high!

Thanks again everyone for an inspiring, friendly and creative afternoon! Thanks too for being willing to be just a bit silly at times … we all need a little laughter in our lives ๐Ÿ™‚

Seniors Skills Share Afternoon

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!