As the end of our pozible campaign edges closer we would again like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has pledged their support for our Wool for Women; Crafting in Cambodia project in 2013. The support we have received has been unprecedented and will help Aware in delivering Wool for Women 2013.
This Friday our pozible campaign will come to an end and we are hoping to reach $4000 which is more indicative of the running costs for our Wool for Women project.
Over the past few weeks we have watched as pledge after pledge has rolled in, strengthening our program and also strengthening our belief in the work we do here at Aware. Your support has been humbling and a real joy to be a part of.
To help us reach $4000 by Friday we are asking our supoprters, new and old, to spread the word via social media or to dig a little deeper and throw some spare change Aware’s way.
Your help will enable Aware to provide training and skill development for the women at Kampot run social enterprise Dorsu, helping them secure the sustainability of their creative livelihoods.
To learn more and to Pledge your support now please visit ‘Wool for Women; Crafting in Cambodia’ on Pozible.
Written by Louella Fitzsimmons
Here at Aware, we would again like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has pledged their personal contribution to our 2013 Wool for Women Pozible campaign.
To coincide with our Pozible campaign we are now launching Aware’s annual Wool Drive to provide much needed materials for our 2013 Wool for Women project this July in Kampot, Cambodia.
Wool for Women provides unique creative skill development and training workshops for women working at Kampot run social enterprise Dorsu.
The women of Dorsu create garments, whilst providing a local and international sewing service, working out of their own store in Kampot, Cambodia with revenue supporting the local Chumkriel Language School (CLS).
Wool for Women builds the skills of women working at Dorsu and asissts in helping them consolidate their creative and sustainable livelihoods in regional Cambodia.
As part of our annual Wool Drive we are asking our supporters to part with wool, ideally of 8 ply, new or old (whether purchased especially for the occasion or whether gathered from the recesses of your linen closet amidst other misdirected creative projects.. ) to help the women of Dorsu to build their skills and to make Wool for Women 2013 a success.
Donations can be organised by contacting Stacey via email@example.com.
Your contribution in Aware’s 2013 Wool Drive will help foster the creative livelihoods of women working at Dorsu and help drive positive change in their lives.
Written by Louella Fitzsimmons
What better way to fundraise for next year’s Wool for Women than holding crochet lessons here in Melbourne.
Over the last five weeks volunteers Stacey, Louella and Rita have hosted crochet lessons in Northcote’s Open Studio.
Many hours were spent enjoying live music, delicious crepes and mulled wine while learning the relaxing (well maybe not in the beginning) skill of crochet.
Thanks so much to the great group of participants who braved Melbourne’s winter evenings to come along!
All proceeds from the lessons will go towards 2013’s Aware – Dorsu projects, empowering women through creativity.
We hope to run similar classes in the future, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
Crafty fundraising in Melbourne fo fund future projects with Dorsu
We’ve been so busy recently we thought we’d share all the fun with you in photos…
The participants and Aware/New Hope crew at our hugely successful first Australian project.
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
On Sunday night, more than 70 people gathered to watch The Sapphires at Westgarth Cinemas in Melbourne.
The Sapphires is based on a true story about a four aborginal women who form a soul group and go to Vietnam to sing for the American troops.
You can check out the trailer here:
Nearly a thousand dollars was raised to help support our new program in Melbourne (stay tuned to find out more!) and our continued work in Kenya and Cambodia.
Thank you so much for coming and enjoying this great film with us!
On Sunday August 12th, join us at AWARE’s next movie night! We’re screening The Sapphires at the Westgarth cinema. Tickets are $25. Please preorder them here to make sure that you get a seat! The film starts at 6:30 – but if you come early you can peruse some great merchandise from Dorsu before the film.
Hope to see you Sunday!
Over the next couple of weeks, we want you to get to know the fabulous volunteers that make Aware tick. We’ve profiled all of our volunteers, and we can’t wait for you to get to them!
What’s your role at Aware?
Hi, my name’s Anna and I am helping raise funds for a number of Aware’s projects, specifically organising market stalls to sell the wonderful bags, clothes, scarves and lots more made by the fabulous women at Dorsu Cambodia. We’re hoping to get out to a couple of markets in the next few of months so keep posted for the details.
What’s your day job?
I am studying a Masters of Social Work which is keeping me very busy at the moment but absolutely loving it.
What sparked your interest in volunteering for Aware?
I was inspired by Stacey’s passion for the amazing organisation she had created. Also, looking at the huge success of past programs, and hearing some ideas for the new Melbourne based programs I wanted to help out in some small way.
What has been some of the highlights for you in volunteering for Aware?
Hearing stories from some of the programs in Kenya and Honduras, meeting the other volunteers and just getting involved in some of Aware’s fundraising events, whether that’s been having a beer with Karma Kegs or coming along to film nights. It’s been great to see such support for a fantastic organisation.
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
April 29th, 6.30pm, Palace Kino
Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to the project
Email email@example.com 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!