Thursday, 7 February 2013

All around the world!

Its been a very exciting week on the pillowcase dress front. 30 dresses went off to Ghana with 3 lovely bloggers who were part of a Comic Relief team visiting Ghana to celebrate 25 years of Comic Relief. 

This is a digital postcard sent to me from TeamHonk (www.mammasaurus.co.uk; www.aresidence.co.uk and www.mummybarrow.com) during their travels with Comic Relief in Ghana celebrating #goodwork.


The photo was taken during a visit to a vaccine clinic in Accra where the bloggers observed mothers taking babies for their jabs. This young lady works at the clinic helping weigh the babies and children pre-vaccination and was constantly busy the entire time they were there - so many babies!

For the past 25 years the money raised through Red Nose Day has been changing the lives of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa. Let’s Keep Up the Good Work. Find out how at rednoseday.com
For other digital postcards please do check out the linky on www.teamhonk.org


I was so pleased that Team Honk were able to distribute some of our dresses and even more excited to get a tweet from Davina McCall during the trip! Davina and Jonathan Ross were two of the celebrities reporting from Ghana. Comic Relief do amazing work and it was great to see some of the success stories from projects using Comic Relief money. Well done Team Honk and thanks for taking our dresses!

Dresses are also on their way to lots of other projects around the world too

  • 15 dresses are going to South Africa via Cordial & Grace, the lovely sewing cafe in Bristol who are also running another dress making day in Bristol on Fri 8 March 2013. You can find out more info here Unfortunately I'm not able to attend this time but I know they will make some fabulous dresses!
  • I've just made a great link with a local person who runs a charity called Maji Safi and visits projects in Kenya on a regular basis. She will be able to take some dresses when they visit again in July.
  • 15 dresses will be going to Uganda in the next few weeks thanks to Jennie who I met via Twitter! They will be going to Childs i Foundation which tries to reunite abandoned babies and young children with their extended families.
  • 200 dresses have been sent to Wishart who will be distributing them in Malawi. The dresses are being shipped so will take some time to get there but will be distributed to various charities including the Mwabi Institute of Education
  • 100 dresses will be going to a school in Yorkshire shortly to be taken to the Masasa school in Malawi in the next few months.
  • 30 dresses and 20 shorts have been taken by a local church to two projects in Uganda. Care For Uganda and Uganda Concern
  • 20 dresses have gone to a local school as inspiration for a sewing project they are undertaking. The dresses will then be taken and distributed in India later this year. 
  • 20 dresses are going to The Gambia thanks to Becka who blogs as A Year Without Supermarkets following her fantastic dress making day.
  • Domini at Space to Sew who has arranged lots of dress making in her local area has arranged for 122 dresses to go direct to to Kenya with the Sanchat charity and 25 have also gone to Malawi with Medic Malawi.

Phew! Hopefully we will get lots of lovely photos back soon. Huge thanks to everyone involved. Lots of lovely dresses have been arriving too. Huge thanks to Kerry (16 dresses), Elsie (2 dresses), Mary, Janet and friends (48 dresses), Jill (40 dresses) and Hilary and friends (15 dresses). Unfortunately I have had to stop taking photos of individual dresses due to the increased number arriving every day. I just keep running out of time! I will still contact everyone who sends dresses to let them know they have arrived safely but I won't be able to post photos of individual dresses sadly. I hope everyone understands. I am happy to share photos on the blog though if people want to email me photos of dress making days or their own individual dresses.

The winners of the Birmingham Sewing Show tickets have now been picked out of a hat. Congrats to Gilly Glitter, BelleMegan, Gill, Mack and Mabel and Rainbow Vintage Home. I will be in touch soon to get your contact details.

Don't forget their is a new giveaway on the blog which you can find here. You could win £40 to spend on the Groupon website. 

3 comments:

  1. What a great post, thank you.

    Your dresses went to the bakery to the ladies there to distribute amongst themselves and to share to those that had daughters.

    They were gratefully received! Loved the tweet from Davina

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  2. Thank you so very much - for giving us the dresses to take out, for posting this, for being so kind and generally blooming lovely x

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  3. Thank you so much for picking my name out of the hat for tickets for Sewing for Pleasure, Louise. I'm so excited! I shall have great fun at the show, and have decided to share the love by spending the money I have saved on a ticket to buy fabric to make dresses for Dress A Girl Around the World

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