Author Archives: Stacey Irving

The Last Month in Photos

We’ve been so busy recently we thought we’d share all the fun with you in photos…

Getting creative at Creative Sparks

The participants and Aware/New Hope crew at our hugely successful first Australian project.

Creative Sparkspainting their final pieces

Aware and friends of Dorsu recently sent over more wool for Wool for Women in Cambodia, so much so they had to get another rack to display it! Happy crafting ladies!

Srey Tooit crocheting some brooches post Aware’s June workshops.

Crafty fundraising in Melbourne fo fund future projects with Dorsu

Anna and Stace selling Dorsu products as a fundraiser at the North Melbourne Market

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Join Aware’s 2012 Melbourne Marathon Team!

Run with us! 

On October 14 a group of wonderful Aware supporters will be taking part in one of Melbourne’s biggest fundraising activities. With runs ranging from 3-40km there is an option for anybody wanting to fundraise for Aware AND get fit and healthy at the same time! All funds raised will go into our work here in Australia, including current and future projects with children from refugee backgrounds.

All you need to do is sign up to the run that you want to take on, then click on the ‘start fundraising’ link on the Melbourne Marathon website, choose Aware as your charity  and ask friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you.

Our first runner signed up is Aware’s Director Stacey.

‘I was interested in taking up this challenge as I am not an athletic person and have never attempted a run before, and though it was a good time to give it a go. It is a tough ask but I can’t wait to get out there on the day, reach my goal and raise funds for Aware. Having a team of volunteers and supports run with me will be a great feeling, as we could not do the work that we do without them.’ -Stace

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You’re Invited!

About two months ago, Aware hosted a fundraiser at the Palace Kino in Melbourne to raise money for our Kenya and Cambodia programs. It was so successful, that we are going to do it again!

This time – the film is The Lady (see below for the trailer) and all the proceeds go to Wool for Women, the program we are launching in June in Cambodia.

We are partnering with Dorsu and CLS to bring employment opportunities to women in Cambodia through skills like crocheting and knitting.

Please join us for the:
Film Night Fundraiser
‘The Lady’
April 29th, 6.30pm, Palace Kino
Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to the project
Email for tickets.

Can’t make it on the 29th of April, don’t worry there are still plenty of ways to get involved with Wool for Women you could donate some wool, needles or hooks, patterns, and other supplies – get in touch to find out more!

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Project Launch – Wool for Women!!

Today, International Women’s day, we are excited to formally launch Aware’s first program focusing on women. Every year on March 8, all over the world events are held to inspire and acknowledge women. In over 20 nations, International Women’s day is an official holiday. Including in Cambodia which is why today, a day that is meant to unite women through a series of vibrant and unique events all over the world, Aware is launching our new project – we’re so excited!

Wool for Women is an Aware project in conjunction with Dorsu and Chumkriel Language School (CLS).

Wool for Women will provide teacher training and skills to women in Cambodia to ensure they can earn a decent livelihood. Building on Dorsu’s amazing work, Aware will be crocheting up a storm with the women in Kampot. We will be making bags, hats, teddies, clothing items, accessories and all sorts.

The project aims to increase the skill set of these women, so that they can earn money and support themselves. Families in this region of Cambodia are facing severe unemployment and environmental struggles, the educated tend to leave the region in search of work. Providing employment, education and earning opportunities within the community makes a huge difference, and allows the people to work towards their own ideal future.

We want you to be involved! I don’t know about you, but we tend to buy more wool than we need for a project or even worse wool for projects we will probably never get to! Do you know someone like us?

We believe in minimising waste.   We want to reclaim that wool and do something really positive with it.

Don’t know any knitters or crocheters, next time you are in an opp-shop, why not spend a few dollars and donate a bag of wool or some needles to Wool for Women.

To get involved, find out exactly what items we need or to hold a fundraiser or wool drive, please contact

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