Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Charity of the Month Giveaway

Through Help for Haiti, you have helped me raise over £150 for MSF/Doctors without Borders so far. Thank you!


As I've mentioned before, I usually (after January) donate at least 10% (often more) of my income to charity, and since a significant portion of my income comes from pattern sales, why not ask my customers and readers what charity they'd like to see featured? Each month, I will pick a new charity, and each month that charity will receive 10% of my pattern proceeds.

Post in the comments section of this post with your favorite charity (any charity!) and I will randomly select 5 people (perhaps more, depending on how many comments I get) to receive a free pattern of their choice from my Ravelry store. Anyone who mentions this contest on Ravelry or their blog/twitter/facebook, etc. and posts about it here (separate entry from the original, please), will get an extra entry. Please only 2 entries max per person (1 for charity suggestion, 1 for mentioning this somewhere else).

You have until 11:59pm GMT on February 1st to comment, so let's get charitable!

16 comments:

sulkycat said...

Before millions of others say it, has to be Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Excellent work - I also support Marie Curie Cancer charity, who give people the choice of dying at home with dignity (I do a lot of work with the kids at school for this, it's one they really catch onto).

Libs said...

Hi - as you are quite local to us - maybe worth mentioning The Donna Louise Trust - a children's hospice in Stoke on Trent that relies on donations to keep open. They struggled like mad last year to stay open full time.

libs (Ravelry ID)

Ella said...

I'm going to champion the Fairtrade Foundation!

http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/get_involved/donate/default.aspx

Sharon Rose said...

Doctors Without Borders! I know they are aren't local but they really do incredible work. My husband worked with them and loved how the money really gets to those who need it, not to an administrative board like so many other "charities." Thanks for donating!

Nightphoenix said...

I agree with the previous post. Doctors without Borders is a wonderful charity that help people around the world get medical care that they need.

InJuneau said...

Yup, I'd say Doctors Without Borders too, but also Episcopal Relief and Development and, for Haitian specific issues at the moment, Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group (AIDG)(http://www.aidg.org/).

(InJuneau on Ravelry)

Anonymous said...

I usually donate goods to local womens and childerns shelters. i also like snug hugs for kids as a donation destination.
knitmit on ravelry

quinn said...

www.thebrooke.org

:)

Emily said...

My favorite charity is our local food bank, www.foodgatherers.org. They do such amazing work in our community. On a broader scale, I'd vote for Doctors Without Borders, the Red Cross, CARE, and Oxfam. Another nonprofit I wholeheartedly support (though don't know if they count as "charity") is www.826michigan.org, our local chapter of 826 National. They provide free tutoring, writing workshops, and other wonderful writing programs for elementary and high school students, all with a paid staff of 2 plus hundreds of volunteers. :)

Thanks so much for donating!

jenniem on Ravelry

Ellen said...

I can hardly bear to look at their web site, but the Brooke Animal
Hospital is always in need of support. They try to help the hoprses and donkeys in hot and poor countries-- small beasts that haul huge loads of bricks up hills in killer hot weather for hours at a time. They are often abused by their owners, who are simply doing their job the way it has been done for centuries.
The Brooke provides veterinary help, mobile clinics, clean water, and education. ANd oftenif they can, they take an animal and give it care and shade and green grass for a few days be fore it has to be put down.
They were started years ago by an English lady who was horrified to find that once loved British race horses were being shipped to Egypt to spend their lives in horrible conditions.

I know there are a million ways to help people, and many consider animal causes secondary. But to me a civilization is judged by the care and respect that all creatures are given.

Emma said...

NSPCC to save children from abuse of all sorts.
Their STOP campaign is something every decent person should sign up to, if only in principle, in my opinion.

Claire said...

I'll go for The Christie in Manchester - research into and treatment of cancers. A wonderful place.
But every suggestion looks good to me so far!

Dee said...

My charity of choice is Macmillan Cancer Support, who do a wonderful work in caring for cancer patients. They looked after my dad when he was dying, and helped him face his last days with dignity. I give to them whenever I have the chance.

paula said...

I would choose the Alzheimers Society as my dad died very young (64) suffering from dementia, which is heartbreaking

Ewa said...

I;ve always supported animals charities (The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth and the Blue Cross in Burford being my two of choice), but with my mother recently being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, cancer charities are getting a look in too!

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