Detailed Information about Sunshine LInus Inc.

Where we meet on Gathering Day
We meet at the Uniting Church, 37 Coronation Avenue, Nambour on the last Monday of every month (and occasionally 2nd Monday’s of the month) from 9:00am to about 2:00pm. (See Calendar of Events for 2014 dates)
Gathering Day

On arrival member’s sign in and on your first attendance please leave your contact details including e-mail address so that you can receive communications and the LINK newsletter.  We request a gold coin to defray the cost for tea or coffee.  Please wear a nametag – temporary name tags are available at the entrance door. If you’d like a permanent Sunshine Linus name tags they are available from Ann Wells (VP) for the cost of $5.00.

Hall Set Up
A set of tables are set up in the centre and is for distribution items to be collated, counted, recorded and packed.  Claire plus helpers does this by allocating goods to requests already received, packing them into large plastic bags for delivery to centres.  Around the outside of this central table are designated work stations looked after by Linus Linkers – members who can show you the ropes. Work stations include hand sewing binding; cutting fabrics; sorting fabric; preparing preemie items; attaching swing tags and labels; making bindings for quilts and basically whatever is needed. 

We have a table of magazines and books – these are available free to members.  A Sales Table is provided for members to donate handmade items that are available for purchase by other members.  A donations bin is provided.

Resources available for members
Most of the sewing done by SL members is done at home between gatherings. Members are invited to select their anticipated needs which include fabrics, backings, batting, bindings, etc. and take them home to either use themselves or to provide for “out sewers” to make.

A large range of free patterns are available and are stored in a filing cabinet.  Some patterns are multi copies. If a member takes a pattern we ask that a replacement copy be made for the one taken.

Haberdashery items are located in a two door cupboard, along with two sewing machines etc. Batting rolls are available in the area between the hall and the church proper.

What to Bring
We are lucky to have the use of the church hall facilities which include a zip heater for hot water and a microwave for heating food.  We recommend you bring your lunch as well as a mug for tea or coffee.  Some of our members make home bake so there’s always something yummy for morning and afternoon teas.

What we do.
Sunshine Linus is a 100% volunteer non-profit organisation that is in its third year of operation here on the Sunshine Coast.

We endeavour to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children and adults who are seriously ill, traumatised or otherwise in need, through the gift of new homemade comforts such as quilts and blankets, and other handmade items, lovingly created by volunteers. We also provide much needed support to hospital wards, oncology units, maternity nurseries, nursing homes and care associations such as Foster Parents and Special Schools
How we function.
We are a non-profit organisation and as such, our primary focus is to make and give items of comfort to needy people, not to raise funds.   We do not charge a membership fee to join or belong to Sunshine Linus. 

In order to raise funds for the purchase of batting and wide backs, and sewing resources that we like to provide for our volunteer quilters, we conduct a public Open Day Quilt Show every second year and a monthly sales table at gatherings for sewers to contribute to and purchase from.

We also keep funds available to purchase the Public Liability Insurance that is required by the church (which to date has been paid by a very generous sponsor). We have an Executive and Management Committee which reports to the Office of Fair Trading each 12 months after the AGM.           

Donations of fabric gratefully accepted.
We need money to buy our batting, wide backs and quilting tools, all of our other resources such as patchwork fabrics, threads, buttons, zippers and the like are received by way of donations from sewers who no longer require these items.  We never turn away a donation of fabric.  We use a great deal of different kinds of fabrics and are grateful for any that we receive.  If we do receive fabrics that we cannot use, we will make sure it gets to someone who can use it.

Our Clients

We have a large range of clients who benefit from the items that are made at SL.  Our Clients include: Nursing Homes and Respite Centers; women’s refuges and Emergency Housing Programs; Special Schools and Disability Services; Foster Children Support Group; and any other community group or individual that is in need of comfort.

Communications from Sunshine Linus Inc. LINUS LINK Newsletter & Website

For members only, we publish a monthly newsletter called LINUS LINK which is electronically sent to all members on the contacts list.  Those who don’t have email will receive a copy via snail mail on request or can collect one at every gathering day. For members of the public our Website has been set up to impart information for reader’s interest.

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