As many of you know, I am so in awe of the many beadweavers out there and ran across beader Kerrie Slade and her beautiful Ribbon Awareness Pins. Her pins are strictly made for charity fundraisers and she has encouraged all beadweavers to jump on board for this most worthy cause. The pattern is available on the Beading Daily site. All the money raised from the sale of the instructions through September 30, 2008 will go to two international charities, The Wellness Community and the American Institute Cancer Research (part of World Cancer Research Fund).
"I would like to encourage as many people as possible to get on board with this project and to make these pins in any colour they wish to represent the causes closest to their hearts. I am happy for people to donate them, raffle them, sell them to raise money for the charity of their choice - whatever, so long as the money goes to charity. I am hoping that this could actually be a lot of fun and a great way to raise money for local hospitals, hospices, education and support around the world. I originally created these pins to help raise some funds for the local hospital where Mum received excellent treatment for breast cancer, but which is chronically short of funds - it may be a drop in the ocean, but every little helps. However, I am really not comfortable with people making these for personal gain, as to me it is against the spirit of the whole project. I have given my time freely in designing, creating and helping to organise this project as it is ALL meant to be about charity, so I do hope that everyone will understand my aims and respect my wishes."
I am dedicating this post to my Aunt Rose, who just recently passed away from a long battle with breast cancer. And to her sister/best friend (my mom) - a breast cancer survivor.