Students in jigsaw marathon

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A LOVE of jigsaw puzzles has inspired an unusual charity event for ANU students Courtney Parrott and Sinead Creaner.

Sinead Creaner and Courtney Parrott… “After the event we plan to glue the jigsaws into pictures.” Photo by Silas Brown
The girls are gathering teams of four to six people at Warrumbul Lodge Common Room, UniLodge, to make as many jigsaws as they can within a 24-hour period from 6pm, Friday, October 7 to 6pm, Saturday, October 8, to raise money for Save the Children.

“It’s a bit like Relay for Life with jigsaws,” says Courtney. “Rules are that only one jigsaw may be worked upon at a time, and that one person from the team must be working on the jigsaw at any one time.”

“At the moment we’re on the lookout for 1000-piece children’s jigsaws, and I think we’ll need maybe 30 or 40,” says Sinead. “After the event we plan to glue the jigsaws into pictures, frame them, auction and donate them to the children’s ward of Canberra Hospital.”

Courtney and Sinead estimate that each team should complete four to five 1000-piece jigsaws – each 1000-piece jigsaw takes between six and eight hours to complete.

The girls, who are community assistants at UniLodge, say the idea came from a recent movie and pizza night Sinead organised for her floor.

“It was a good night, but the jigsaws we had as a sideline became the hero of the night and people stayed until the early hours to finish them,” she says.

“I love puzzles, I have fond memories of my mum always having one on the go when I was a child!

“So we thought it would make a fantastic charity event.”

Sinead says they’re aiming to raise around $10,000 for Save the Children from the event.

“We’re looking for sponsorship to fund the event, but we’ll be supplemented by the Resident’s Committee of UniLodge at ANU, which is great,” she says.

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Kathryn Vukovljak is a "CityNews" journalist with a particular interest in homes and gardens.

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