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Eve Van Grafhorst
17 July 1982 - 20 November 1993
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This panel forms part of Block 13 of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt. This whole block is dedicated to Eve
From the stories folder that accompanies The Quilt to displays
I made this quilt to portray the way I see you. The colours represent the peace and tranquility I saw in your face. They also portray the fun and zest for life and your love for everybody. The angel is you and the trolls are friends and family who watched you glide to your special place in heaven. I know your life is full of miracles and I know you watch over us all.
I donít think I ever told you how proud of you I was. You brought all sorts of people hope and understanding of what AIDS is. You made people less afraid of what they didnít know. Your life was filled with love and happiness and great adventure. When I spoke with you it was just amazing how one so young could have the knowledge of an ancient philosopher.
I remember once you offered me a bite of your ice cream. I bit it with great enthusiasm and then I remembered you have.....AIDS. I must have looked scared as I swallowed the ice cream, as you proceeded to look at me with a gentle smile and reassure me I would not contract AIDS. You said it with such force and understanding that I actually felt like a twit but I knew that you understood how I had felt for that split second. You really made people understand that they had nothing to fear from you or any other person living with HIV.
Well, Evy, I must sign off now but I do want you to know I think of you often and the memories I have of you I keep close to my heart.
Love you always,
Your cousin Lynette
There are other panels for Eve, all on the same block as this one, made by her family, an uncle, aunt and cousins, an aunt, uncle, and a cousin, Nana and Great Aunty Dianne, Eveís friends, and Eveís school class-mates)
If you knew Eve and wish to add your memories to this page, or wish to remember a loved one with a strong connection to New Zealand who has been lost to AIDS, you may do so on this page.
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