Residents of a Victoria seniors’ home are hoping to raise $10,000 through the sale of raffle tickets for a quilt they made in the colours of the Ukrainian flag and featuring an embroidered sunflower.
The Sip and Stitch team, made up of four residents of Tapestry at Victoria Harbour on Belleville Street — Angie Chan, Helen Van Alstine, Pat Montgomery and Don Ross — spent three weeks completing the quilt, dubbed Patchwork of the Heart.
“Like many others, we were distraught watching Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February of this year,” said Chan. “Out of love and compassion for these displaced people, we felt we had to find ways to help them feel welcome and secure.”
Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria to support the settlement of Ukrainians seeking temporary residency in the Victoria region.
To date, ICA has helped nearly 100 displaced Ukrainians who have recently arrived.
Meghan Mergaert, director of impact and innovation at the Inter-Cultural Association, said the funds will directly support Ukrainians arriving in Victoria. “Their needs are diverse and these funds allow us to be flexible in how we can best support [them] as they settle into the community.”
Raffle tickets are $2 each, $5 for three or $20 for a booklet of 10. Tickets can be purchased from employees, residents or at the concierge desk at Tapestry at Victoria Harbour, 777 Belleville St.
Ticket sales will end on Aug. 31, with the raffle draw taking place on Sept. 1.
To learn more about the ICA’s services, go to icavictoria.org/ukrainian-response/.