Sometimes the strongest of friendships are made within Retirement Villages and in the case of Jan and Karin at Stockland's Affinity Village their friendship was formed before they even moved in! Jan met Karin and her husband Chris at one of the many afternoon teas held at the Village sales office before they moved into the community back in 2012. Jan quickly befriended Karin, a lovely, chatty, caring lady that loved quilting and tie-dying her own fabrics.
Unfortunately, Karin passed away just before their intended move into the new village. Prior to her passing, Karin was well known for her many donated quilts to local hospitals and charities. Karin managed to persuade Jan and Jenny (another pioneer resident) to start a craft group within the village, which they did, starting with a small group hand sewing and knitting.
When the brand-new clubhouse opened in 2013, Karin’s daughter Natasha and Karin’s husband Chris bought Karin’s sewing machines and quilting equipment to Jan and Jenny for them to start quilting. It was Karin’s final wish that they have the equipment and learn to quilt so that they could make the 6 quilts for the Cancer Children at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) that she was unable to finish herself.
A small enthusiastic team of ladies worked and learned for months to finish the quilts and took Natasha and Chris to PMH with them when they handed over the quilts on behalf of Karin. Chris said that “seeing Karin’s wish become a reality has bought great peace to me”.
From small seeds of goodwill big acorns grow. These good deeds continue today as does the enjoyable weekly craft group where the residents gather to chat, create, knit and enjoy and a cuppa. The residents at Affinity, are all so grateful to Karin for donating all her specialist equipment and sewing machines to craft group and for getting them up and running.