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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Join the #SSS and help @67Blankets beat the chill #SouthAfrica #Charity

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Let’s talk Secret Scarf Shhh…. Mission now!

Time is running out, knitwits and wooligans!! We need your scarves by the end of June.

If you haven’t yet started to knit or crochet your little gift of love and warmth, please do so ASAP!! Remember, if you can’t knit or crochet, you can always sponsor a craft-wise friend or family  member. There is NO SHAME in NOT being handy with the crochet needle!! Just corner your friend, purchase some Charity Wool and set him/her to work. Easy….and you will do your share to keep the people of South Africa nice and cozy this winter.

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If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can visit http://www.67blankets.com or complete the contact form below.

!!YOUR GIFT WILL CHANGE A LIFE!!

#SouthAfrica’s first #hemphouse serves the community #Khayelitsha via @BigIssuesA

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South Africa’s first township hemp house is cool in summer, warm in winter and emits the fragrance of grass and nature.

Read how Yiza Ekhaya Soup Kitchen’s new building is making a difference in the community of Khayelitsha. Click here.

SOURCE:

THE BIG ISSUE.  2017.  The hemp house with heart. [Web:] bit.ly/2tkkSG8 [Date of Access:] 19 June 2017.

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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SUPPORT OUR WINTER WARMER PROJECT 2017

Winter Warmer Project 2017

The winter has arrived in South Africa and all over the country we are unpacking our electric blankets, heaters and scores of warm, fluffy throws. We gather in front of the fire at night with our fingers folded around warm mugs of soup and hot chocolate, comfortable in the knowledge that our beds will be warm and our sleep peaceful.

Unfortunately there are plenty individuals in the community who simply do not have this privilege. They have no warm fires, soup or hot chocolate, much less soft blankets to cover them during those bitter cold nights.

I therefore ask you to support our project this winter. The blankets and soup we collect will be handed out to the homeless in the Northern suburbs of Pretoria. We will also share with Lethabong Daycare Centre and Thlokomelang Community Centre for the Aged in Mabopane.

Please bring your blankets and soup to our offices before 30 June 2017. We plan to distribute it during July.

If you have questions or want to make arrangements for collection, please send us an email  (click here to send mail) or complete the contact form below.

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VERY URGENT REQUEST FROM TSHWANE NORTH OUTREACH

In his weekly newsletter, the project manager at Tshwane North Outreach, mr Frikkie Loots, requests urgent assistance with food at their local pre-school and aftercare. They are awaiting their annual government grant, which has not been paid as yet. Therefore they’ve run out of funding for the school. The situation is quite desperate.

Around 120 children per day receive care at Wolmer Community Centre (TNO) in Pretoria North. They have no funding to purchase the necessary items to prepare healthy meals for these children anymore.

They need the following items:

– Tinned food

– Maize meal

– Rice

– Pasta

– Sugar

– Tea

– Coffee

– Fresh vegetables and meat (they have cooling facilities)

If you can contribute at all, please send me an email (click here) or get in touch with their office directly. (Click here for TNO contact details).

Alternatively you can complete the contact form at the bottom of this post.

Financial donations can be deposited into their account. (Click here for account details) Article 18-A certificates can be supplied upon request.

Thanking you in advance for your support.

REMEMBER: IT IS NOT WHAT OR HOW MUCH YOU GIVE,IT IS THE FACT THAT YOU DARE TO CARE AT ALL.

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