Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Giveaway!!!

Well, it's that time of year again: the beginning of it. And while I've donated pattern proceeds to a lot of great charities in the past year (Oxfam, MSF, Red Cross, and the Donna Louise Trust, among others), I'd like to see what else is out there.

And this is where you come in. Name me your favourite charity, and you'll have a chance to win a copy of Gwynedd, my e-book of 12 patterns.

Already have it? No worries...if you win, I'll refund you the price!



So just leave a comment below giving me the name and the web page of your favourite charity: local, national, or international, animal, people, or other. All charities named will be considered for the receipt of 10% of pattern proceeds for a portion of 2011, and you'll earn a chance to win a copy of Gwynedd.

The Rules:

I'm giving away two (2)! electronic copies of Gwynedd. All you have to do is comment on this post by 11:59pm GMT on Wednesday, 12 January, 2010 for your chance to win.

Post only once with your suggested charities. If you want to suggest more but have already posted, you can comment, but please comment anonymously.

Please include contact info (a link to your blog, Ravelry name, or e-mail address) so I can contact you if you win.

You can earn one more entry if you re-tweet, blog, or post about this contest somewhere else. Just post with a link back to your mention of it and that post will be included in the drawing.

Winners will be drawn after the giveaway is closed.

Thank you for a great year, and I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2011!

21 comments:

Patricia said...

Since MSF is already on your list...

I also support the British Heart Foundation - Himself's father died of a heart attack, my father has had serious heart problems and a major bypass (http://www.bhf.org.uk/)

Another is Henshaws Society for the Blind (http://www.henshaws.org.uk/) who work with blind and visually impaired people across the north of England and do really excellent work

judi said...

my charity of choice is Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.com). they do wonderful work to help with the medical end of this disorder as well as advocacy for those affected. thank you for the chance for your donation.

CraftyCripple said...

I also support MSF, mainly as a result of the knitting online community. Before I started reading blogs, I didn't really know much about it. It's a wonderful charity. However, the one nearer to my heart is Endometriosis UK which supports women with this horrible disease that affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. Their website is here. http://www.endometriosis-uk.org/ and they do so much to help when the medical profession doesn't seem to other than tell you to go away and have a baby (I kid you not, this happened to someone I know!).

dclulu said...

I'll suggest Partners in Health, www.pih.org

dclulu on ravelry

cseneque said...

What a wonderful way to begin the year!
MSF is my favourite international non-profit, but Voiceless (http://voiceless.org.au) is also a really worthwhile cause. Voiceless is a non-profit think tank dedicated to alleviating the suffering of animals in Australia.

Dectora said...

what a great idea!

i'll put in a vote for the heifer project (heifer international: www.heifer.org) - i love the fact that the gifts of animals are accompanied by education about animal husbandry and that the idea is that the recipients will share the products (and offspring) with their communities.

my husband and i also support MSF, cancer research, aids research, and unicef...

PurlsBeyondPrice said...

I am a big fan of Heifer International which provides livestock (including sheep!) to families in developing nations so they have a means of income.

Sandy said...

Hello, definitely the ASPCA for me. Thanks for this.

feathersong (Benne) said...

I am a longtime supporter of Heifer International. It is a renewable resource program that teaches and enables the recipients to pass on the gift to others.

Anonymous said...

The four year old son of good friends of mine died just before Christmas from a brain tumour. His family were supported throughout his illness by the charity clicsargent (http://www.clicsargent.org.uk) and it would mean a lot if any donations could go to them to help others in similar situations

Paula

Paula said...

(sorry didn't mean to click on anonymous posting - I'm bundle on ravelry)

Anonymous said...

I think it is also important to support children
Maybe an organisation like :http://www.helpthechildren.org/about-help-the-children.php

heno on Ravelry

LunaG said...

I was introduced to Heifer International a couple years ago when one of our LYS held an event, supporting it. I really like the fact that it works to empower marginalized people all over the world (in many cases women, who struggle as the sole source of their family's sustenance, in patriarchal societies) by providing them with livestock and agricultural training; and by encouraging them to pass that empowerment on to others within their community.
{www.heifer.org}

Lynne said...

Hi Ashley (and Paddy)
Any charity connected with research into dementia would get my vote. Stuart has a very strong family history of this, and his mum died of it in September 2010.

Lynne Cumiskey

Scribbit said...

Having been a recipient of the Red Cross's work when my town was flooded and burned I've always had a spot for them. They do so much to help people all over the world.

ilina said...

I love that you're donating pattern proceeds to such great causes. If I don't win, I'll just have to go and buy your patterns.
In addition to many of the charities mentioned here (like MSF and the Red Cross), two children's charities are particularly close to my heart:
The SOS Children's Villages who do wonderful work in giving children who cannot, for whatever reason, be with their birth parents a caring family in a community environment. I admire the work they do and the people who dedicate their lives to being parents in SOS Children's Villages.

The other organisation is UNICEF who work for children's welfare and rights across the world, helping countless children survive and live a better life.

ilina on Ravelry

Villa Kunterblau said...

http://wwf.panda.org

for a healthy planet to live on...

I love your Grand Duchess. Its so cool...

Amy said...

I always look to give to my local United Way Campaign via payroll deductions. I am even able to designate a receiving organization which, for me, is usually our local food bank. Thanks for the giveaway.

avennett AT verizon DOT net

Laila said...

I would go for unicef as well.

zillalatte said...

I'd suggest the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. So many are effected and families stressed by this awful disease.

Jane said...

I'm aware this is probably too late, but thought you might like to know about it for future reference: Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is effectively our 'local' charity, and we've been involved as puppy socialisers on and off for several years. Website is http://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/, and they do a wonderful job in giving people independence and companionship in the nicest possible way :)