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QUILTS FOR HOSPICE (article first published : 2001-11-22)

On November 24 at 10h30, physically challenged students from the Thuthukani Art Group will present their Siyazwelana quilts to Ikhaya Lebomi, a hospice in the Valley of a Thousand Hills.

The quilts are an outcome of the Siyazwelana project, which follows on from the making of an AIDS banner for the XIII International AIDS Conference held in Durban last year. “Siyazwelana” means “We care about you” and the project aims to make lovely and useful things to brighten the lives of people with AIDS. Another aim is to address ignorance about the pandemic as well as challenge negative attitudes towards people with AIDS.

The Thuthukani Art Group is situated at Mason Lincoln Special School in Umlazi. Pupils painted bright pictures on squares of cloth which were then sewn together by the Masibumbane Women's Group into the duvet covers that are being given to the hospice, Khaya Lebomi.

Masibumbane is a group of women, based in U Section, Umlazi, who teach income-generating skills among local women to increase their earning capacity.

Directions from Durban to Ikhaya Lebomi: Take the N3 & R103 (Comrades Marathon route) to Botha's Hill .Take the Valley Trust turn-off (R after Rob Roy hotel). Continue past the Valley Trust for 5k.Then look out for Moonlight Butchery on the Left. Ikhaya Lebomi is just beyond it, also on the Left.

More details from Liz Palmer at Art Works Trust on 031 309-8538




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