A NEW fund-raising appeal will be launched on Thursday to coincide with the unveiling of Bendigo's Heritage Signature Quilt.
The quilt dates back to 1895 and features 270 signatures along with the St John’s Cross.
The signatures belong to prominent Bendigo community members of the time, including priests, politicians and local councilors.
The quilt was donated to the Strathdale Quilters in 2003.
The group restored the quilt to its former glory before donating it to the Aspire Cultural and Charitable Foundation.
Foundation chair Gordon McKern said Thursday's launch would be at the Sacred Heart Cathedral at 11am.
"It will be a chance to thank the Strathdale Quilters as well as launch the new fundraising appeal, the new quilt," he said.
"The idea is that the Strathdale Quilters will create a New Generation quilt as a fundraiser for the Aspire Foundation and the proposed Interpretive Centre, with donors names to be incorporated into the quilt."
"We're offering people the chance to put their name down for a signature on a new quilt.
"The squares in the vicinity of that central cross will be offered at $1000 each and outside that will be $500 each.
"We're already getting some quite significant interest in that at this stage."
A Facebook page was recently created to assist in the search for relatives of the original signatories on the 1985 quilt.
The list of signatures is also available at www.aspirefoundation.org.au.