Trip to Mui Ne for all quilters
Vietnam Quilts organized a two day trip to Mui Ne , which is one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam , on 8 and 9 August 2011. The trip was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Vietnam Quilts. Women from the fifteen quilting groups in Long My (Delta), Duc Linh, Ham Thuan Nam and Tanh Linh plus the production team and Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh shop staff made a total of 240 women (and one guy) who attended this celebration event.
During the two days, the women participated in games on the beach and at the sand dunes, singing and dancing performances and of course, there was time for swimming.
Below are two quotes from two of the women who participated.
Quyen from Duc Linh
"Thanks to Vietnam Quilts, I have had once-in-a-life time opportunity to travel with the whole quilting groups from many different lands. I am so excited and eager to join the trip with my mom and my two younger sisters as well. They are young, plus newcomers in the group so they do also feel happy getting involved in this amazing holiday!"
Nguyet from Ham Thuan Nam
"If only there was no storm while we were playing games on the beach, it would have been much much more joyful! I have never been that energetic and excited to join a game with 200 people! Only a 2 day one night holiday but it was really, really unforgettable to me. A big thank you to Vietnam Quilts that organizes this most enjoyable and interesting vacation!"
Below are the highlights of the trip from Liz Reece, an Australian volunteering designer who participated in the trip
1. The confidence and joy expressed by group leaders
2. The strong and vibrant supportive culture of the groups
3. The interaction between the groups (old and new), the sales teams and the production team.
4. The gratitude of the women to VQ for supporting them in their lives and give them this incredible opportunity to have a holiday at the beach.
5. The determination that the women showed playing the games on the beach. They had to be told to stop otherwise I think they would have played on through the storm.
6. The skills and confidence of the womenon during the evening's entertainment. It was uninhibited joy, strong-minded women having fun.
7. The women traders who were at the sand dunes seem very similar to our quilters but our quilters have the good fortune to be able to relax with the knowledge and comfort of a reliable consistent income.