Handmade Artwork Infused with Emotion; Country Pink Stitching Group Draws on Craft Skills to Raise Money for Cancer Research

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Byline: CAITLYN GRIBBIN

FOR eight years cancer plagued Suzanne Cooper's life.

First, her mother died after a battle with breast cancer. Her father was a victim of prostate cancer six years later.

But instead of dwelling on the devastating situation, she decided to turn her pain into a positive by helping others affected by the disease.

"I wanted to fundraise because of what happened to my parents," Mrs Cooper said.

In the past, she has held Australia's Biggest Morning Tea fundraisers but decided to utilise the skills of her good friends in the Country Pink stitching group to extend her efforts.

"I went to a breast cancer fundraising night at Killarney and I thought, 'I can do that too'," she said.

So the preparations kicked into gear to make her dream become a reality.

Later this year, local entertainer Marco Gliori will provide entertainment at a fundraising event Mrs Cooper has organised, to be held at the Bony Mountain Recreation Grounds.

In the lead-up to the event, Country Pink's 16 members will each stitch a block to contribute to a huge patchwork quilt, to be raffled from May.

"I put the idea to the girls and quilter Karen Henricksen and they thought it was a good idea.

"We have also got our husbands involved by making a quilt for men out of their ties," Mrs Cooper said. …