Helping others while doing what I Love

Photo by: Jet Productions

Photo by: Jet Productions

Volunteering at Vinnies for the last year has been a blast. It is a refreshing change from my weekly shift work as a nurse at Wellington Hospital.

I love having the ability to be creative with colour, fabric and use my skills that I have acquired over many years sewing.

I have enjoyed creating T-shirt bags, cot sheets and repairing garments ready to be resold. I have the ability to help others at Vinnies Re Sew while having fun doing something I love.

I also volunteer with Friends of Fiji. Every year a medical team travels to Fiji to complete heart operations. After surgery patients need to support their chests.

I make heart cushions which they hold. Vinnies Resew has donated the fabric for these cushions and will again this year.

I have supported and encouraged Felicia one of the young volunteers with her creativity. It is lovely to see her smile and enjoying herself. It is gratifying helping others learn to sew; hemming, putting in zips and applique.


The sewing skills of New Zealanders has been highlighted and put on show with the ‘Suffrage in Stiches’ project created by Caroline O’Reilly through Vinnies Re Sew. While attaching the backing to the panels I was able to see up close the beautiful detail and workmanship of others. I have had the privilege to meet so many people and hear about the resilient, hard working and courageous woman who signed the petition in 1893.

Vinnies Re Sew is incredibly fortunate to have Caroline as the Coordinator. She is supportive, creative and encouraging. She welcomes all to have a go, have fun and creates a positive environment for people to work together from all walks of life.

Louisa Johnson | Vinnies Re Sew Volunteer