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Donna Apps with some of the umbrella bag designs

THE Currajong Disability Services Sewing Group continues to come up with creative and innovative ways of staying afloat with umbrella bags the latest edition to the range of items they have produced. With more rain predicted, there’s no better time to bring out the new umbrella bag.

“We’ve gone from drought to rain and with rain comes umbrellas and umbrella bags,” said Deitre Jackson of Currajong Disability Services Sewing Group.

“Our participants have decided to come together and make some umbrella bags.

“When enough have been made we will make a decision on what will be done with them,” said Deitre.

“We are currently going through a number of ideas at the moment,” she said.

Recent rains have seen around an eighth of the state now out of drought but a lot more is needed especially out in the Central West.

“There are predictions of more rain,” Deitre said.

“This week and next so watch this space for your umbrella bag.

“And well done to our group for their great effort!”

On top of this Currajong Sewing have also been making teddy bears in the spirit of the Parkes Christian School initiative to fill empty business store fronts with colour and positive vibes via teddy bears.

“The teddy’s will be popular no doubt,” said Deitre.

“Whenever we have branched into that area before it has always been well received.

“This will be the same too,” she said.

“We will also find other worthy causes for them too I’m sure!”

In one of the more positive outcomes of the Corona pandemic – people from all around the world are coming closer together in fun and creative ways.

One of these initiatives has seen Parkes residents joining in by putting teddy bears and other stuffed animals in their windows for families to take their kids on a bear hunt. Inspired by the popular children’s book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen, the real-life bear hunt has spread all over the world, with even the New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern placing a teddy in the front window of Premier House in Wellington, where she is in lockdown with her family.

The Parkes Christian School called on families last week to join in and in no time teddy bears started appearing in windows.