ADDRESS TO SEND HATS IS
Save the Children
1 St. John's Lane
London EC1M 4AR
If you should have any more hats in the pipeline for the UK appeal, please send them to the above address asap - many thanks.
The campaign has now officially ended, with Brits knitting some 550,000 hats!!! - way over the half-million Save the Children target.
A staggering 50,000 messages, urging government action on global child poverty, will be also heading to Downing Street in November. (Watch this space)
Dr Dorjee, who works for Save the Children in Tibet, said “We rarely put hats on babies. This … has been like that for generations and is responsible for many preventable child deaths. I believe the hats will save many lives.”
Further details here:
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UK knitters have made a staggering 460,000 hats since April but Save the Children are hoping to hit the half million target.
The number of knitters joining the campaign has jumped from 25,000 last month to 40,000, so maybe there's still a chance to achieve the 500,000. Although the campaign ends on 21 October that still leaves time to knit and post one more little hat.
Recent shipments are: 30,000 to Bangladesh, 25,000 Liberia,
a massive 80,000 to Brazil and the latest delivery is a further 50,000 hats to Mongolia.
One enterprising lady, who's a volunteer in a Cornwall charity shop, challenged a group of Mothers' Union knitters to turn out 1,000 - they clicked and clacked so much that a total 1,600 little hats were made.
There's a link here with a wonderful photo of those hats filling the group's church in Newquay, plus all the latest information.
The monstrous job of collating the hat labels is now underway and arrangements are being made to present a petition to Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, at the end of the year.
" .....your hats have helped save the lives of hundreds of thousands of newborn babies. Now let’s hope that your voice will help to save millions more. We call on the UK Government to do everything they can to dramatically reduce the numbers of children dying each year. Our call is so much stronger because it’s joined by your voice." Save the Children - October 08
I've left the link below to the Sun Newspaper appeal because although 350,000 is a huge number of hats, more knitters are still needed - about 25,000 to reach the target Save the Children set for the number of people becoming involved.
So, please, if you've a little time to spare, knit a hat!
There are photos below of babies in Sierra Leone, which has the worst child mortality rate in the world.
It would be fantastic if you could persuade just one person, who is capable of holding two sticks and a ball of yarn, to get cracking and knock out a hat - it doesn't take very long to make - even someone who thought knitting needles were some weird sort of chopstick could get the hang of it.
Latest info link here
Even corporate management is taking an interest, with one extremely generous donor paying for 50,000 hats to be shipped to Angola and Tanzania, where babies are at risk from fatal hypothermia.
Save the Children are posting the latest photographs and stories of how hats have helped babies in Tibet, especially one four-month-old baby boy who's had pneumonia.
Read More here
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