Welcome to ‘The Show with No Name’ Series 1, Episode 16, 13 June 2019.
Dreamed up by Theonie Roussianos and Adaire Palmer to help people in your local community to raise their profile and encourage awareness and support for what matters to them and their communities. We also help not-for-profits, charities and service to connect with communities to raise brand awareness and help staff and volunteers working within them to become the best #BrandChampions they can be for their cause. To interact with us during the live broadcast, make sure you’re watching over at the original source on Mytimetv.live here https://www.facebook.com/MyTimetv.live/videos/455247998623078
Pam Schartner is the coordinator of Adelaide knit and natter, the SA arm of Knit4Charities.
Pam says… when I retired I decided to pick up my needles and knit for the Guardian chemist program. I knitted all winter, designing my own jumpers for children overseas and headed in to my local Guardian chemist with a huge bag, to be told to ‘leave it over there’. I must have been a bit slow, because i did the same the next year and got the same response. I really would have thought a THANK YOU would have been in order. I went home, googled knitting for charity and found Knit4Charities.
There were very few SA members in the national group, and nearly all the charities supported were interstate, which meant we posted our knitted goods, usually the postage cost more than the yarn we used. 4 SA members got together, as you do you moan about the postage cost and I volunteered to get some SA charities.
I had a little freebie ad in the Messenger paper and got a good response, so good that we needed more knitters so I off to the Messenger press again ‘ do you love knitting and have no one left to knit for? ‘ that described lots of women and the phone ran hot. Since we started back in 2012 we now have over 700 members, a very active Facebook group and lots of social knit and natters. We have distributed over 97,000 items since we started, 13,874 this year already and we support some amazing groups. I don’t do this on my own, i have a long suffering husband who helps out carting knitteds from knit and natter, volunteers who help pack away after knit and natters and pack the knitteds requested by our community groups and charities, and of course all the wonderful women (and a man) who knit, crochet and sew. My local Council also has to get a big plug – they have given us a building , for free, 2 minutes away from my home where all of the knitteds are stored and packed. And then they help out with a community grant to cover our costs. Why do I do this? I love it – I see beautifully knitted, crocheted and sewn items, i know lots of friendships have been formed and lots of people who are doing it tough are getting something made with love, something that is new and unique, something to warm their soul as well as their body.
Join Adelaide Knit & Natters: Knit4Charities Adelaide Knit and Natter
National group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/6952226533/