We’ve been going gangbusters in the last month with two of our current projects moving along apace. There’s still plenty of opportunity to get involved with our projects, so if you’re at a loose end, read on and join in!
Our newest project, the Handmade Plush Toy Drive supporting Backpacks for Refugee Kids at Christmas, Brisbane has met with a wonderful response! Many of you have been sharing the project and sending in gorgeous plush pals to befriend children in Brisbane from refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds.
With approximately one month to go until our deadline for this project, we have so far received 100 handmade plush toys toward our initial goal of 150! We really appreciate how much enthusiasm you have shown in sharing and supporting this project.
Below is a collage of the plushies we have received so far from Holy Cross Wooloowin Craft Group led by Sue Shaw, Rouse Hill Anglican Church Craft Group led by Alison Wheldon, the Griffith University Lions Club Krafters led by Larraine Bence and individual crafters Renee Bratby and yours truly.
We still need at least 50 handmade toys to reach our goal for this project, and we would love some handmade items for the older teens that will be receiving a backpack. If you can help out, please check the details on our project page.
Safe Harbour Tree Project – Phase 2
In the first half of 2017, Teddy Bears Without Borders crafters created a yarnbombing piece in support of refugees and asylum seekers for the Knitfest 2017 tree cosy competition. You can read all about that project here.
Since then, we have moved on to phase two of the project and have made our piece available to any school, group or community organisation who would like to host the piece for a few days to a few weeks at a time and spread the message of safe harbour and compassion for refugees and people seeking asylum.
The piece immediately went travelling to Killarney, Qld as part of the Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival thanks to Laura Diete and more recently has been hosted by Milton State School in inner Brisbane, thanks to the machinations of Tara Castle! Below are some images of our piece adorning the massive fig tree that stands in the front of Milton State School.
Many thanks to Tara Castle for organising this installation and Claire Jenkinson for helping install the piece. You can view a brief video of the finished piece here.
In a very exciting development, our piece will be moving from Milton to Wooloowin, Brisbane on November 5th, as Holy Cross Primary School have agreed to promote safe harbour for the final four weeks of term four in Queensland. Holy Cross has been a great supporter of Teddy Bears Without Borders, providing teddies for all of our projects so far. The school is very excited to be hosting the piece and doing their bit to support refugees and people seeking asylum in our community and around the world.
If your school, community group or workplace would like to host our safe harbour piece, please contact us and we’ll do our best to make it happen!
The Standby Teddy Project is still ongoing and crafters are welcome to send teddies along for this project at any time. We have just renewed our commitment to providing teddies to Standby 24hr Response Service, which provides counselling and support to families bereaved by a loved one’s suicide. If you, or someone you know, would like to make some teddies to support this cause, check out the project page here.
If you are interested in contributing to any of our current projects, just click here.
If you know of any group or organisation that could use our support, please let us know in the comments or contact us via our Facebook page.