Irish stew warms up the community


Jessica Morton
Neepawa Banner & Press

The Neepawa Victoria’s Quilts Canada (VQC) held its annual Irish stew luncheon on Mar. 15 at the Neepawa Legion. The event is one of the biggest fundraisers for the VQC. This year the fundraiser raised just over $4,000 with 331 meals being served.

The funds are going towards the continuation of making and distributing quilts. With each quilt costing around $100 to make, the $4,000 raised will be able to provide the materials for 40 quilts. This year the Neepawa VQC has given out at least 45 quilts and they think they will have around 200 requests for the 2018 year. There are 5 organizing members included in the Neepawa VQC: Marg van Buskirk, Dianne Nordstrom, Carole Walker, Audrey Heffell and Susan Phillips. There are also many other volunteers involved with sewing, fundraisers and other tasks needed to help them keep up with the growing demand for quilts. Gift cards were donated to help the VQC with the costs of the fundraiser and a few Hutterite colonies donated vegetables. There were also six volunteers who helped deliver the meals to anyone who wasn’t able to make it to the legion. A touching moment was shared at the luncheon as someone had made a donation to the VQC and on the back of the card it stated that the donor had given a quilt to one of their friends who was battling cancer at the time and they said there was never a time where they didn’t see them wearing the quilt that was received. The donor wanted to help and make sure that the VQC would be able to keep helping people in need. “We would like to thank the sponsors, we had lots of help with the fundraiser this year. It worked out very well and we would like to thank everyone who helped.” said Marg van Buskirk. If you have any questions for the Neepawa VQC you can reach them by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or if you would like to request a quilt for someone, you can go to the Victoria’s Quilts Canada website