We have received a request from Professor Tim Senden of the Research School of Physics at ANU to work collaboratively with the ANU MakerSpace in the production of face masks for the COVID-19 crisis. These masks will be used to cover gaps in regular supply for health care workers, including local and regional GPs and aged care facilities.
By way of introduction, the ANU MakerSpace is a community of makers that spans science, art and engineering in a series of open workshops across the ANU campus (https://makerspace.anu.edu.au/). Ordinarily, these walk-in facilities allow staff and students from all disciplines to design and fabricate using the latest digital techniques such as laser cutting, 3D printing, electronics and CNC machining. It is a very natural step for this dynamic community to galvanise into action to help bolster the local PPE supply. As a first PPE project, the team has developed a face shield production line in a few short weeks which is now aiming to make 17,000 face shields. These will be distributed across the ACT and NSW to be used if conventional supply becomes strained.
To see full details of the request please click on this link, Letter of invitation.
Your committee thinks this is a worthwhile project to pursue and uses the skills of quilters in a productive way in the current situation. If you are interested in volunteering, please open the letter and click on the link provided in it.
Happy stitching, keep busy and keep healthy.
Your CQ Committee.
To all members using the CQ room and the Hall at Cook – there has been a change in the company monitoring the security at Cook Community Hub. It is now CXI – on the very rare occasion a member may need to speak to the security company phone 1300 798 365 and quote site name Cook Community Hub and site number 8609000 They will ask for a password and the volunteer in charge of the room at the time will have that.
The names of who in Canberra Quilters to contact when things go wrong – e.g. power outage, are on a list on the whiteboard to the right of the sink in our room.
For those volunteers who were unable to get to the November sessions some additional times have been scheduled. On Thursday 14th at 10am and Thursday 21st at 7:30pm Helen Rose will be in Canberra Quilters room at Cook to go through what volunteers need to know about our rooms. RSVP would be appreciated to Helen.
SECURITY CODE CHANGE
The codes to arm and disarm the security for our room will be changing in mid to late December.
The lovely volunteers who take responsibility for opening and closing the room for our many get togethers will be notified of the new codes either at the Volunteers Supper being planned in the next few weeks or via an email.
BUT please note – only ‘trained’ volunteers will be notified. These are people who have been through a familiarisation session on how to arm/disarm the security, and what responsibility they take on by volunteering to help take care of our room. This is not onerous but such things as who to call and where to go in case of an emergency evacuation are important to know.
If you want to volunteer but haven’t been trained or you need a refresher Helen Rose has scheduled two separate sessions:
- Tuesday 13 November at 7:30pm and
- Thursday 22 November at 5:00pm.
These will each take about 1 hour. Please contact Helen via email or on 0410 170 176 if you want to attend. If these times don’t suit you please contact Helen and another arrangement can be made.