Artisans given festive challenge to help troops

HELPING OUR TROOPS: Maryborough Heritage CraftFest 2017 will be presented by Maryborough Aritsans Inc members.
HELPING OUR TROOPS: Maryborough Heritage CraftFest 2017 will be presented by Maryborough Aritsans Inc members.

FOR THE past few years, Maryborough Artisans Inc committee have involved local crafters with a community challenge as part of their annual CraftFest, held at the Maryborough City Hall, each November. As this is the 10th annual event, the committee wanted to create a challenge which would relate to crafters and the general public alike.

Hence they are holding a "Christmas Stocking" challenge, to support Care Packages for Australian troops overseas. Maryborough Artisans Inc committee have had tremendous feedback from Tam Geritz, who has organized Care Packages for the past few years.

Tam tells some amazing stories of how appreciative the recipients are when they receive the packs. Just to get a parcel of good old "Aussie treats" lifts their spirits to no end when the troops are away from their family and friends at Christmas.

Crafters are being asked to submit an entry into the "Stocking Challenge", but bear in mind that the total weight of the package is to be kept to a minimum of 2kgs so the package qualifies for free postage, therefore their creations need to be made of light weight fabric, so as many treats as possible can go into the package.

Also, stockings need to be gender neutral, as there is no way of knowing if a male or female will receive the package. Crafters are also invited to include a personal note inside the stocking. Entries need to be kept to a maximum finished size of 40 x 30 cm and maximum weight of 150gm. Stocking will be judged on the quality of workmanship and creativity in two sections, these being an Open Section and a Junior Section for entrants 15 years and under. Individual prizes, of $30, $20 and $10 will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd as judged by our nominated judge.

The stockings entered into the challenge will become the property of Maryborough Aritsans Inc and will be donated to the Care Package program at the end of CraftFest. The stockings will be folded and placed inside the package, on top of the treats so when the package is opened, the stocking will be the first thing to be seen.

During CraftFest there will be a collection bin if anyone would like to donate products to go into the packages. There are a few requirements with items donated, as no glass containers or aerosols are suitable, and "use by dates" need to be mid 2018.

Suitable products to donate include sample size or travel size packs of hand creams, toothbrush and paste, chap sticks, Christmas themed items like tinsel and small decorations, bags of lollies, small jars vegemite in plastic containers, snack sized chips or pretzels etc.

Donations of cash will also be accepted, and this will be used to purchase items which are in short supply for the packages. More suggestions can be found on the entry form available at Wide Bay Gallery, Adelaide Street, Maryborough, Morgan's Sewing and Embroidery Centre, Melory Place, Torquay Road, Hervey Bay, by email or go to

Maryborough Heritage CraftFest 2017 will be presented by Maryborough Aritsans Inc, City Hall, Kent Street, Maryborough November 2, 3 and 4, 9am to 3pm daily.

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