Money, they say, can't buy you happiness - but giving it away for a good cause can make everyone very happy indeed.
The Quilters and Patchworkers of New England (QPNE) donated more than $3000 to BackTrack on Tuesday morning - and there were broad smiles all round.
Bernie Shakeshaft's organisation has helped disadvantaged young people become work-ready since 2006.
"You're young; you've got your lives ahead of you," quilter Robyn Wood told the youths, "and we can do something that will help you with your life skills to make your life better."
The $3330 from the QPNE will help BackTrack fill some of the financial gaps for the youths.
"The toughest part of our business is looking after those kids 24 hours a day," Mr Shakeshaft said. "There are a million things from clothing kids, to feeding them, to weekend activities."
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The QPNE raffled a charity quilt at their exhibition in March, as they have done for decades.
They invite local charities to put in submissions, then vote to see who will receive the proceeds. This year, they chose BackTrack.
Quilter Margaret Schaefer has been involved with BackTrack for years. Every fortnight, she teaches the boys vital skills such as cooking and ironing. She was delighted with the sum raised, among the largest in the raffle's history.
"We were very thrilled with it," Mrs Wood agreed. The raffle was won locally, by Armidale resident Margaret Gunter, who was "absolutely tickled pink".
BackTrack, Mr Shakeshaft said, was built on community support - and he might just make a quilt next year with the BackTrack youths. "It'd be contemporary art!"
Back on Track, his book about the organisation, co-written with James Knight, will be launched at Reader's Companion in July.