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Amy commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"Send, Send... SEND We can now post our items to South Africa. The team has its fingers crossed after a good mail delivery that all the packaged that are backlogged in the Postal System will be flying into the Barn."
May 11
P. Jeanne Haessler replied to Sandy McDonald's discussion Temporary help for Ukrainian refugee children on behalf of KAS SA and CCG
"Thank you for adding this Chris. I know that collected items in the UK will help arriving refugees in the UK and other close by countries but knowing that cash can help, even the smallest amounts, is a relief too.  There are indeed many worthy…"
Apr 3
P. Jeanne Haessler liked Sandy McDonald's discussion Temporary help for Ukrainian refugee children on behalf of KAS SA and CCG
Apr 3
Gloria Grandy replied to Sandy McDonald's discussion Temporary help for Ukrainian refugee children on behalf of KAS SA and CCG
"Thank you Sandy, Anneke and Chris. I agree that a donation of funds is the best way to support both those who need aid, and those distributing that aid.  Like Sandy, my initial thought was blankets.  After all, that's what we do…"
Apr 3
Chris Chiplen replied to Sandy McDonald's discussion Temporary help for Ukrainian refugee children on behalf of KAS SA and CCG
"Thank you Sandy. In Wales, like the rest of the UK, we have had lists of what items are needed for the refugees. Towns and villages have had collection points for our donations and they were overwhelmed with the generosity of the public who…"
Apr 2
Anneke replied to Sandy McDonald's discussion Temporary help for Ukrainian refugee children on behalf of KAS SA and CCG
"So very kind of you Sandy. From here we have made a financial donation to all in need, we have a special bank number in the Netherlands for this tragedy."
Apr 1
Diana D liked Sandy McDonald's discussion Temporary help for Ukrainian refugee children on behalf of KAS SA and CCG
Mar 31
Sandy McDonald posted a discussion

Temporary help for Ukrainian refugee children on behalf of KAS SA and CCG

Dear Kas Family, While South Africa is not receiving post, on behalf of KAS SA and CreateCare Global, I have been doing some research as to how to help the flood of Ukrainian refugee children in Poland. The excerpt from an article below about their situation is too tragic. I imagine a child left in these circumstances might find comfort in a knitted blanket, toy, hat, beanie, postcard, even a message of love. 'we urgently need funding for, such as medical supplies and protective clothing, as…See More
Mar 30
Bev Jeffery commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"Haha, I bought some digital scales a few years back just to weigh my squares and then realized the squares covered the screen. Don't know why your pic is sideways, but have noticed it happens with a few people. I do it through my laptop and…"
Mar 12
Jenny Jenny commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"Ok here is a pic of my squares and a couple of beanies I made on a knitting loom. I weighed myself and then weighed myself holding the squares. The two piles in the back weigh about 2kg. Im going to parcel them up and post them on Monday. BTW…"
Mar 12
Wendy commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"On average a square in 8 ply acrylic weighs about 20 grams, so that might give you a guide Jenny. I usually weigh my parcels on a kitchen scale that can weigh up to 5 kg. I like to do that so I don't get any surprises at the post office, and so…"
Mar 12
Jenny Jenny commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"I actually sat down and counted how many I have today - I am working on number 88!!! I have no idea what they weigh. I put them on my people scale and they aren't registering anything. :-/"
Mar 11
Bev Jeffery commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"I know how you feel, Jenny. I am in the same boat.  :))"
Mar 11
Jenny Jenny commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"Thanks everyone for your help. I have many squares to send off and you all have been a great help. Just got to find the time to package them all up !!"
Mar 10
Bev Jeffery commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"Thanks Sue. I have been meaning to message you and ask how you packaged everything, after you once commented you used those big bags. Oh my gosh, didn't realize it was taking up to 8 months now to arrive. "
Mar 10
Susanne Leverton commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"Hi Jenny. I'm in South Australia. I do a large parcel in one of those zip bags from the cheap shop. I line it with a garbag. I cut the handles off and completely seal it with wide tape , so everything is secure if the zipper breaks or a seam…"
Mar 10

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Spain wins. Orphaned children win.

Posted on July 11, 2010 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Anyone with a deep concern for the plight of vulnerable and orphaned children should be interested in the outcome of this Soccer World Cup final. Undoubtedly the winning team of this international contest will receive massive publicity from all over the world. With a UNICEF ambassador for children on the team and seven others from this remarkable Barcelona club, one would hope that some of the media adulation, should they win, will fall on their extraordinary connection to suffering children.… Continue

The home that Stefanie built

Posted on June 25, 2010 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

We arrived through streets that once were the domain of the exclusively white, professional classes during the Apartheid days, and now teemed with school children, all black, in varying degrees of school dress.



At first glance they seemed just like any other carefree group of school children, but there was something mean about these streets, a place you would not wish to loiter or break down in your car. …

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Introducing Dawne

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

It was always intended to reach a wider audience about the wider issues surrounding orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa and what help we can bring to make a difference. The plight of the children is recognized by some world bodies and governments. However, the solution is not in sight either for the orphans already so compromised by the suffering they endure or for the children yet to be born in decades to come. To continue, click here.

Encouraging our new members, growing, nurturing and energising our community

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 5:49pm 0 Comments

Kalai has just written in Cafe KAS that overnight we achieved our 1000th

member, Anne Hart from the UK. Well done Anne and well done KAS!



We have 1003 members today to be exact, but only a percentage of our

members are active in the forum discussions. People are busy and have

so much to fit into a day, so we are massively grateful that you find

the time to knit/crochet, and 'post' of the two varieties - parcels and

words in the forum! And we understand if you… Continue

A balance for KAS

Posted on March 31, 2010 at 7:14pm 13 Comments

Hello dear Kasers



There has been a discussion about postage issues in Canadian Corner, which brought to mind reflections which I thought to share with you all.



Hope you are following our South African journey with us www.allfororphans.com although I am already days behind! We have been pretty hectic meeting and greeting and parcel

opening.



Firstly I just want to tell you that the warmth and love and gratitude

here in… Continue

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At 6:18pm on February 6, 2016, Kathy Chantrell said…

Hi Sandy,

There were no problems with the sites originally but have gone onto patterns today and have the message that there are malware issues.

Kathy

At 5:26pm on August 29, 2013, Mary DeRome said…

Hi Sandy I am a relatively new member of this wonderful forum I have a couple questions for you As well as knitting I  make scrap patchwork quilts and jackets would it be helpful to tops and quilts for the children I would flannel on the inside for warmth and colourful on the outside one benefit would the speed with which they could be made. I'll keep knitting until I hear from you

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A blessed Christmas to you extraordinary KAS women! Your kindness and generosity inspire me beyond words.
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At 11:27pm on February 8, 2012, Grace Weir said…

What brilliant news Sandy ... I have another batch of squares to post so JIGSAW here they come!

 

At 3:45pm on July 30, 2011, Di said…
I'm about to send off 60 squares but feel concerned (once again) that they may not arrive; although I've been through all the lists from July 2010 - March 2011 many times, I can't find any indication of my contribution posted from Oz in June last year.
At 6:00am on April 8, 2011, Laurie C. Hake said…
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While working on squares this AM, I happened to catch a PBS Special called "A Walk to Beautiul".  I believe it was filmed somewhere in Etheopia at the "Addis Ababa" Fistula Hospital.  Besides being a wonderful story, I noticed at least 4 women in knitted or crocheted blankets made from various colored squares.  Is someone else doing the same project?    Is this possible?  If anyone else has happened to see the special, would appreciate a response - thanks, Laurie

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At 11:42am on April 6, 2011, Barbara Hawkins said…

Hi Sandy, 

Linda Maltby's discussion on Granny Squares are back gave me much food for thought.

On her link was a photo of Cate Blanchett wearing a granny square dress which was made and designed by an Australian company.  I suggested in my reply to Linda that Cate may like to donate her dress to KAS when she was finished with it, but as she was wearing it at a red carpet do it maybe on loan.

Well my thoughts were could we contact Cate Blanchett and or the manufacturer of the dress even if we don't get the dress to auction for KAS funds it could be a way of raising our profile.

This is just an idea off the top of my head and unfortunately I have not thought it through in detail.  I would love to know your thoughts and if you think I'm just mad as a hatter please feel free to say so.

Many thanks for all you do for KAS, love, Barbara

 
 
 

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