Help us warm #SouthAfrica. Support the #WinterWarmerProject. #Charity

The fact that we live in South Africa, in a warmer climate with relatively mild winters, doesn’t  mean that we are all comfortable during those long, cold nights. Some areas of our country are known for it’s below freezing temperatures at night. So remember next time while you are sitting in front of the television with a steaming cup of tea, that somewhere close by a baby may be lying on a cold, cement floor, too cold to even cry.

You think I’m exaggerating?

When was the last time that you drove through a township in the middle of winter? Did you notice that many of the residents actually live in shacks? Said shacks often made of flattened cardboard boxes and plastic. Did you see the barefoot children, shivering their way to school? Did you bother to stop and watch the gathering of elderly men around the small fire they made in the metal drum? I guess you didn’t. But no worries, you can just go to your local park. I’m sure you’ll see enough homeless people, huddling together behind a wall, trying to keep warm. Or perhaps you needn’t even leave your home. Just look through the window. How sure are you that your neighbor across the street can afford heating? How sure are you that he or she has something to eat?

Did you know that during 2014 South Australia’s rate of hypothermia related deaths exceeded that of Sweden?  “Most of the deaths from hypothermia in South Australia involved elderly women indoors who were living alone, often with multiple underlying illnesses and limited contact with the outside world. Many of them had been dead for at least a day before they were discovered,’ Professor Byard says. [University of Adelaide: 2014]

This, people, is an unfortunate reality.

Have a look at the symptoms of hypothermia above. Would you want any of your loved ones suffer these? Would you risk them dying because you did nothing to help? Remember, whether a freezing child in a township or an elderly person in town, living in a house, we have a responsibility.

You may think that donating one blanket and a packet of soup will not change anything. You are wrong. Your donation may mean the difference between life and death for someone.

Winter Warmer Project 2017

Please consider supporting our Winter Warmer Project and donate used or new blankets, warm clothes and soup.

Complete the contact form below if you wish to donate or want more information.

  • Donations can be dropped off at our offices in Pretoria or you can e-mail us at: ilzehallidayfoundation.sharon@gmail.com to make arrangements for collection.

SOURCE:

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE2014. Higher rate of hypothermia deaths in SA than in Sweden.  [Web:]  UA  [Date of Access:] June 20, 2017.

 

 

 

@DignityDreams has a new leader #SouthAfrica #MenstrualHealthMatters

Dignity Dreams recently announced that Sharon Gordon will be taking over the reigns after the shocking death of Sandra Millar. She will continue Sandra’s work and, together with the team,  their efforts will honor their late captain by striving to raise awareness about the sensitive subject of menstruation.

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You can contribute to Dignity Dreams via EFT and help them to bring reusable sanitary pads to girls all over South Africa. Have a look at their new banking details below:

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If you have questions, please visit www.dignitydreams.com.

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CALLING #knitwits for @67Blankets #SSS #Charity #SouthAfrica

 

ATTENTION ALL #KNITWITS AND #WOOLIGANS!!!

The #SSS (Secret Scarf Shhh….Mission) is drawing closer.  Have you started crocheting or knitting your contribution to this cause yet?

Our annual #SSS will take place on 13 July 2017 at 15:00 (3pm). 67 Blankets ambassadors from all over South Africa will summon their volunteers and gather their donated scarves. They will select an area or areas in their towns or cities where people are especially destitute. On 13 July at 3pm, they will gather at a specific point in that area to distribute their collection of scarves among the people as they come home from work.

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Image via showme.co.za [Scarve drive in East London – July 2017]

You must keep your eyes peeled, for the country will suddenly be painted all colours of the rainbow. Poles and fences will sprout bright woollen scarves and trees will bear scarf-fruit. Attached to each one will be a personal message from @67Blankets in the language of the area.

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To make all this happen, we will obviously need more scarves. You can therefore be of enormous help if you get involved. Whether you donate one scarf or 20, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that your scarf will be a gift to someone who desperately needs to keep warm. Your scarf will show a person that there are actually still people in the world who care about their fellow human beings.

Cannot knit or crochet? No problem. You can donate towards the cause (funds or wool) or you can sponsor a friend or family member who can knit or crochet by purchasing their wool.

Just to encourage you more, I am sharing another scarf pattern today. It may not be such a warm scarf, but when made with thicker wool, perhaps it will do the job.

I give you: The Island Lace Crochet Scarf. Find the pattern here: bit.ly/2t4Olnt

REMEMBER: Get in touch or just comment on this post if  you wish to donate or become more involved with the project. Or simply complete the contact form at the bottom of this post.

To find your local ambassador please visit: www.67blankets.com

 

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The 50-50 #fundraiser, a sure-fire way to raise money via @Fundraise_Ideas #Charity #NPO

The 50 50 Raffle Fundraiser has got to be the easiest fundraising idea there is. It is honestly so simple and easy to setup, it’s quite remarkable!

So Why is it so Easy?

  • No stocking or selling products people don’t want,
  • No need to find or purchase prizes…
  • Just sell raffle tickets, and the winner receives 50% of the proceeds from the raffle sales!!! Or 50% is split between a few winners. For example, 30% for 1st prize, 15% for 2nd, and 5% for 3rd.

How simple and easy is that?!

Want to find out exactly  how to do this? Click here for full article.

GOOD LUCK!!!

SOURCE:

REWARDING FUNDRAISING IDEAS. 2017.  50 50 Raffle Fundraiser: The Easiest Fundraiser Ever.  [Web:] Rewarding Fundraising Ideas.  [Date of Access:]  June 14, 2017.
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