Edinburgh Direct Aid launches Great Sponsored Knit!
In May Edinburgh Direct Aid, the Edinburgh based charity, launched an interesting new challenge for its supporters, a sponsored knit!
Since 2013 EDA has been sending regular shipments of warm clothes to help 60,000 Syrian refugees living in tented camps in Arsal, Lebanon. Their camps in the mountains 5,000ft above sea level face harsh, snowy winters. Amongst the warm clothes donated many knitters have produced lovely woolly hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters, blankets, and woolly toys.
Volunteers at the warehouse pack the clothes into huge 40 foot long shipping containers, which are sent by sea to Lebanon. EDA's local team of refugees in Arsal makes sure they are distributed to those in most need.
It costs a lot to ship each container - £3,500. EDA is an all-volunteer charity, no-one is paid except local staff in destination countries. All its funds come from donations and legacies. So, to raise that £3,500 for every container sent, EDA is asking its knitters to make a realistic but challenging commitment to any knitting target they choose, and seek sponsorship for achieving it, from 14th May to 30th June.
Ann Thanish, who fundraises for EDA, says
" A sponsored knit may sound rather a “woolly” idea, but there are all sorts of things people could do. You could set yourself an aim of completing a number of items: 20 hats, 10 teddy bears. A knitting group could make a set of items, such as sweaters for every age of child, or in every colour. You could knit non-stop for a certain period. Encourage your partner, children, grandchildren, to get sponsored to learn to knit. Hold a knitting party with coffee and cakes and charge for entrance. Get a commission for knitting something special!”
EDA hopes many knitters and their supporters will enter the challenge. As a small all-volunteer charity, it is totally dependent on its supporters for all its work. The knitted items give such warmth and comfort to those living in the harsh winter camps. But money is needed too!
For more details see EDA’s website: www.edinburghdirectaid.org.
By Hilary Patrick