my name is Isabelle, I am 34, have three children. I have been knitting since I was a child.

I'm a flight attendant, for Air France (did I mention I am french ?), and during a flight from Paris to Atlanta, I met a lovely lady. She was knitting with circular needles; a pair of socks I believe. We talked and talked, and finally, she taught me how to knit with these needles. She invited me to visit her page on Ravelry. And this is were I heard about KAS !

I have been knitting ans crocheting for KAS for a year now. It is a great pleasure (and releive !) to see that my parcels, big or very small, have arrived safely.

But I must say that the cost of postal services in France is terrible, sometimes I have to wait to send my parcel, just to be able to afford it. So I had an idea; I talked about KAS to my mail man, and he offered to ask his directors if I could send a parcel or more for free ! little chance, but who knows ? So I have translated some of KAS history, informations, into French, (not sure a french mail service director knows much english ...).


If this translation could be of any help to somebody in France, let me know. Maybe it could be useful to have a leaflet translated in most language, available on the website ?


I am also trying to convince my parish to work for KAS ...


Another thing : I could have the opportunity to fly to Johannesburg, once in a while. Do you think we could arrange that somebody from KAS come to fetch a parcel ? As I have no weight limitation, I can bring a suitcase of squares, hats, jumpers and so !


Sorry for this very long text, so much to tell, and so much to ask !


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Have you recieved the new flyer yet?
no I haven't ! but I did get comments from fake forum members ... hughhhhh ....
Oh regarding Johannesburg, yes I do think it would be possible to arrange to collect a large suitcase or something - just wondering about customs? Perhaps you could inquire before hand?
Bonjour Isabelle.
I'm in Quebec. I could use the translation to post on my Facebook page. I have French friends I used to work with who knit. I do I access the French translation?
I am still waiting for the final version of the flyer, to finalise the translation. I suppose it will be accessible on the site, shortly after that !
Isabelle I think a lot of the KASers in Europe would love to be able to mail their donations to you so you could pack a suitcase to take to Johannesburg for them. My only thought is that you might get swamped with donations! (become a mini Ronda's house? ;) ) However I think it's a super idea that could really lessen members postal costs, bless you for thinking about that, it's a very workable idea in my humble opinion. :D

You might want to make the offer, might, on the discussion boards, like the chat thread. :)
I've thought about it, but :
- I have just recovered from an accident, which took me away from airplanes for 7 months ! I just came back to work in november, so I don't know how often Air France will send me to Johannesburg. If I only go there twice a year, I will be drowned with squares ! I am going to ask to go to south Africa between christmas and new years eve, we'll see what happens.
- I am working on convincing the person who makes my flight squedules, to send me to South Africa every month. If this works the way I'd like it , I will of course invite the french knitters, to send me their squares to me. An dif I'm not too submerged !!!! I'll pass the word to the rest of Europe, though the thought of being responsable of all these parcels is quite scaring ... !
That's great! Tell us how it goes! Do you have a limit on how many packages you can bring onto the plane? And did Sandy e-mail you back on when the new flyer will come out?
the only limit is my physical ability to carry my luggage ! And no, I didn't receive any new flyer yet ... Just got my flying schedule for November, no Johannesburg so far ...
Dear Isabelle & Dawson, I'm certain that Sandy will get around to this project. The flyer is quite large and needs a lot of thinking about, so will take time to review.

At the moment Sandy & Family are having to focus on their own personal finances, as for the past two years they have given everything to keep KAS going. However, Sandy has had to set up a new business in order to pay her mortgage and keep a roof over her head.

Most of the donations received go to the South African end of the project and Sandy has only ever taken expenses to cover the cost of setting up and running this amazingly professional site, ezines & Forum.

Eventually, I hope that donations will rise to a level that would provide her with a small stipend to enable her to devote more time to KAS. Currently, we all need to be patient and accept that, as ever, Sandy will respond when she is able to. The challenge is for each of us to think of ways of increasing donations, we cannot leave it on the shoulders of one person.

Currently, we are making applications to aids charity/organisations that provide grants to further the work of groups like KAS who are actually making a difference. However, this can take months! Time to put our 'thinking caps' on.............
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I hope Sandy will have all the success she needs to get her new business running well ! I know that she needs time to finish the flyer. I am ready when she is ! I will try to get the translations ready fast, so KAS can be known worldwise, and thus get more oppurtunities to raise funds ...
Thanks Isabelle for your patience & understanding. This will be a very important step forward for KAS and your willingness to take on the project is much appreciated. Take care.



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