Crochet for a Cause

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Crochet for a Cause are fun one-day workshops where you can learn the art of the crocheted granny square.

Get some friends together for a fun day at one of these Sydney, Melbourne or Newcastle workshops. There is one every month between now and November. You will be helping a very worthy cause while learning something new, having fun and creating new friendships. Cost is just $60 and all you bring is a ball of acrylic yarn, a crochet hook and a little pair of scissors. How easy is that? But book your place now as they fill up early. Workshops are being set up in other cities as well, so check their website regularly!

 


The fees go to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia), a registered charity helping raise awareness and provide services, treatment and support for Ethiopian women who suffer from the horrors of obstetric fistula. The Craft & Quilt Fair has supported this worthy cause in the past and it’s wonderful to hear about the ongoing work they are doing in their hospitals and in the field.
Ethiopian women play an active role in all aspects of their community’s life, including being producers and procreators in their teens. When giving birth at such a young age, they often experience complications with the delivery. Many babies are stillborn and the women sustain obstetric fistulas – a hole in the birth canal. It is directly linked to one of the major causes of maternal mortality: obstructed labour. Survivors suffer incontinence, shame, segregation and health & hygene problems. Due to the lack of hospitals and the distance between them, they are forced to trek days on their own to find health facilities. Along the way they are forced to suffer humiliation and ridicule for their condition, stuffing rags into their clothes to prevent leakage caused by the fistula.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia supports the notion that many maternal and newborn deaths can be prevented if competent midwives are made available to assist women before, during and after childbirth and are able to refer them to emergency obstetric care when severe complications arise.

Book on the hamlin.org.au website.
Now … which colour for my yarn?

If you have already been to one of these workshops, let us know what you thought in our comments field below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Crochet for a Cause

  1. Dear Emma ,
    I live in Perth and would like to be involved. I am an experienced crocheter and am in the process of completing the international diploma of crochet so that I may teach this wonderful craft that my grandmother taught me 30 odd years ago. I have crocheted most of my life and would be happy to assist in any way I can.

    Sincerely
    Susan

  2. What a brilliant idea.I live near Mackay and I have already started a crochet shawl,l just needed a push to use up all my old wool.

  3. Can we set up a crochet workshop at the Sydney show I am happy to help mentor of required some of the days?

    • Hi Jennifer,
      Thanks for your suggestion. We are in the process of investigating this possibility and will contact you by email as soon as we have some news!

    • Dear Cat,

      We will be holding Crochet for a Cause classes in Adelaide – we are just in the process of looking for a teacher!

      Emma Cohen
      Fundraising and Volunteers Coordinator
      Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia)
      Phone 02 9440 7001

      hamlin.org.au
      facebook.com/DrCatherineHamlin

    • Dear Roberta,

      We are definitely planning on bringing Crochet for Cause to Perth and would love any assistance in making it happen – If you know of anyone who would be interested in teaching once a month let me know!

      Emma Cohen
      Fundraising and Volunteers Coordinator
      Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia)
      Phone 02 9440 7001

      hamlin.org.au
      facebook.com/DrCatherineHamlin

  4. Dear Judy,
    I have a great respect for Dr Elizabeth Hamlin work and what she has achieved throughout her life. As I live in Adelaide and can not attend any of those workshops. However the reason for my contact is that I am an experienced crocheter. I would be very honoured to be able to assist you in any way. I am a single pensioner now, but was a Registered Nurse. I live alone and have limited contacts but spend my day now quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting and some other crafts. I would welcome contact regarding Dr Hamlin in any way that I can help her cause. You may contact me by email.

    • Sounds wonderful Judy! I will be in contact with you.

      Emma Cohen
      Fundraising and Volunteers Coordinator
      Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia)
      Phone 02 9440 7001

      hamlin.org.au
      facebook.com/DrCatherineHamlin

    • Dear Kathy,

      We are hoping to organise the Crochet for a Cause classes in Western Australia we are just in the process of finding a teacher.

      Emma Cohen
      Fundraising and Volunteers Coordinator
      Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia)
      Phone 02 9440 7001

      hamlin.org.au
      facebook.com/DrCatherineHamlin

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