Dianne Johnston, Wilhelmine Taylor, Lois O'Connor and Kate Botham having been making quilts to raise funds for a mammogram machine in Bali.
Dianne Johnston, Wilhelmine Taylor, Lois O'Connor and Kate Botham having been making quilts to raise funds for a mammogram machine in Bali. John Gass

From Tweed with love – Quilts fund Bali cancer machine

BREAST cancer is the second biggest killer of women in Indonesia and a group of ladies from the Tweed are doing something to help reduce the shocking statistic.

The Mt Warning Dragons Abreast Paddling Team, affiliated with the Mt Warning Dragon Boat Club, is a group of women who aim to raise awareness about breast cancer.

The group are made up of survivors and their supporters.

This year the ladies are aiming high, they hope to fundraise a massive $10,000 to send to the Bali Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.

Funds raised by the group would go towards a mammogram machine.

Group member Lois O'Connor said her friend living in Bali contacted her for help.

"The reason we want to help is because there is a very high rate of survival in Australia and really no survivals in Bali," she said.

"When the local people realise they've got it, its stage four and too late.

"It's a big thing for them over there."

When it comes to coming up with the cash, Mrs O'Connor said the ladies were raffling off homemade quilts.

Two-time survivor of breast cancer and master quilter Dianne Johnston said the quilts took some time to make.

"We worked our fingers off for the last seven months," she said.

"Everyone's come on board; we even had the 4WD club sewing by the campfire."

Mrs O'Connor visited Croatia earlier this year and even managed to get the local people to try their hand at the craft.

The quilts will be raffled off sometime after Christmas.

As well as a raffle Mrs O'Connor has organised an auction of donated goods.

In May next year a few of the ladies will make their way to Bali to walk in a big march for breast cancer awareness.



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