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15 March, 2021

RSL commemorates ANZACs

Local Emerald residents have created a commemorative quilt to honour our ANZACs

By Ali Goddard

Peter Taylor, Jasmine Coe, Margaret Mallyon, Noel Mallyon, Lorraine Baker, Bryan Ottane and Lis Taylor with The Quilt of Remembrance. PHOTO: Ali Goddard

A LOCAL organisation has pulled out all the stops for their annual fundraiser this year for a day of patriotism. 

The Emerald RSL club has commissioned local quilter Lorraine Baker to create a patriotic quilt for this year’s ANZAC Day commemoration. 

President Noel Mallyon said the RSL was “privileged enough to have Lorraine talk to our volunteer fundraiser Margaret Mallyon at Big W a few years ago and she said she would like to make a quilt”. 

“We didn’t believe it was going to be this big and lovely of a quilt,” Mr Mallyon said. 

“It’s going to be a major fundraiser for ANZAC Day because we want to get the day back on track and really promote it. 

“I think this quilt will promote it in a big way, so that’s part of our fundraising we do annually at Big W and Mitre 10, where we also sell merchandise and other things.” 

Vice President Bryan Ottone said all funds raised from the raffle and merchandise sales would go towards RSL member welfare and patriotic events. 

Mr Mallyon said the quilt was going to be on display at Big W “so we can keep it looked after”. 

Everyone did their part to make the fundraiser possible to support the future of patriotism in Emerald. PHOTO: Ali Goddard

“It will be there where we’ll be selling raffle tickets and memorabilia, and Margaret will be looking after that,” he said. 

Lorrane Baker said the fabrics were donated by Lis and Peter Taylor and she was “privileged to make it”. 

“The RSL and return servicemen are our heroes, but they don’t get enough recognition from a lot of the public,” she said. 

“I certainly honour what they did for us – it’s a privilege to make the quilt and hopefully down the track we can make something else.” 

The quilt is currently valued at $2500 and is aptly named The Quilt of Remembrance. 

Mrs Baker said it “took a lot of hours – I worked on it for a month just from my head”. 

“A project like this keeps me sane – I love it,” she said. 

“I love quilting and do a lot of it but this was something I absolutely enjoyed making. 

“It meant a lot to me and to the RSL.” 

Mr Mallyon said the quilt highlights ANZAC Day in “a big way”. 

“The funds are much needed for our welfare and commemoration,” he said. 

Mr Ottone said “we were very happy with this kind donation from a number of wonderful people”. 

“I’m sure when the community sees this quilt, they will get behind it,” he said. 

“I’d say a lot of people would love to win it.” 

Fundraising commences today at Big W, and members will be there every Friday and Saturday, excluding March 26 and April 16. 

There will also be fundraising at Mitre 10 on Sundays. 

Tickets are $5 each and will be drawn on ANZAC Day. 

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