Kaikoura Quake Shake Coats

August 20, 2017

 

Stichbury teamed up with HUHANZ (Helping You Help Animals) to help assist the dogs affected with stress from the major 7.8 earthquake in Kaikoura on November 14.   We used the dog coat pattern that was used for Coco, a 8 year old foxy that suffered from stress previous to wearing the coats.  The coats had a flexible swaddle tie attached that calm the dogs and the stretch in the fabric (also donated by The Fabric Warehouse, Kaiwharawhara, Wgtn) puts pressure around the chest which soothes as a result.  So Stichbury set to work and got the Hutt Valley High School Students to sew and successfully made over 50 beautiful embellished coats.  Quodos! The lovely ladies from Crafty Sewers on Thorndon also gathered together and made a stack also for us.  The most amazing and rewarding opportunity was going with Carolyn Press-Mckenzie from HUHA to Rimutaka prison in Upper Hutt to teach the inmates to sew the coats!  This was a really special moment and they do a lot for HUHA and other charities which give them an immense amount of reward and upskilling opportunities.   Stichbury obviously set to work in her own container work shop headquarters and sewed a massive stack too.  These were all then flown in by helicopter co-ordinated by Carolyn from HUHA.  

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