Do you remember a few months ago when the announcement was made that Stephanie Pearl McPhee aka the Yarn Harlot is coming to London to speak at the iKnit Day on 6th September?
Like many people, as soon as the tickets went on sale I phoned up to book mine. I spoke to Gerard at iKnit and asked him what he thought about me buying an extra ticket to use as a fundraiser. I wasn't sure how, or when, or for which charity, but I thought that it might be a good thing to do, and I wanted to make sure that he and Craig had no objections, after all, they were the ones selling the tickets and doing the organising.
Gerard immediately offered to donate a ticket. I said I was happy to pay for it, but he refused and said that they would give it to me.
And on Saturday, the envelope arrived, and there was the free ticket.
So I have been thinking hard about this. About how to put the ticket to best use. I considered, and rejected a "comment on this blog and you'll go in a prize draw" type event which would be pretty boring.
And then I thought that the most logical idea was to try to use the ticket to raise awareness of Medecins Sans Frontieres, the charity most publicly connected to the Yarn Harlot.
So I have come up with A Plan.
Q. What do I have to do first?
A. Grab a pencil and a piece of paper and settle down for a bit of reading.
Visit the MSF (UK) website.
Have a really good look at it.
Q. And then what?
A. Write down the answers to the following questions.
- How long do mothers walk with their children to reach the Outreach Therapy Programme where Jill Mowbray works in Southern Ethiopia? You might want to read this too.
- What is in a Pre-packaged Disaster Kit?
- What would a donation of £14 a month buy?
You could have a look at this video report on MSF's work in July as well, if you have time.
About 500 people a day read this blog. If everyone reading gave 30p a year, that would be the same as one person giving £14 a month.
You can enter the competition by sending me an email with answers to the questions in it.
You can reach me by using the "Get in touch" option on the website, or the email me link on the blog.
No donation necessary.
Just an email to me with the answers.
All I'm asking is that you have a look at the website.
I'll allocate each email a number (and tell you what it is) and then I'll use a Random Number Generator to give the Yarn Harlot ticket away. I'll send it to the winner, Recorded Delivery.
Gerard and Craig gave me the ticket, remember, which is really a kind of "Pay It Forward", and I'm just passing it on to the winner.
The tickets for the Yarn Harlot talk are sold out, so if you are already coming to iKnit you might want to bring a friend. Or you could just bring the ticket with you and hand it to someone you've never met in the queue in a "Pay it Forward" kind of way.
This will be open for the next ten days, until Friday 29th August when I'll announce the winner.
ETA One of my customers has offered an additional ticket as she is unable to go, so there are now TWO tickets on offer, double the chances of winning. Wasn't that nice of her?