Born to Knit 2012 blankets – on their way to Vietnam!

After months of knitting and sewing by thousands of Australians, we’re happy to announce that approximately 2,600 blankets are on their way to Save the Children in Vietnam, who will ensure that each blanket makes its way into the arms of a caring mother for her newborn baby or young child.

The Born to Knit team would once again like to thank all supporters for their lovely letters, generous support and warm knitted squares and blankets. Your blankets will keep children warm and help to prevent common colds and flu which can lead to pneumonia, one of the biggest killers of children under the age of five in the developing world.

Here are a few photos of staff and volunteers from Origin helping load the shipping container last week on a hot Melbourne day.

strong staff

Strong staff

Origin lends a hand

Origin lends a hand

Post workout

Post workout

we deserved an icy pole

Icy poles at the end of the workout

Thank you to all who knitted and sewed and happy new year!

The Born to Knit Team

 

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Final Blanket Tally – Born to Knit 2012

After more than three months, and support from countless volunteers and community groups from all across Australia, Born to Knit 2012 has come to a close.

This year, and with your help, we have made 4,844 knitted blankets for children in need programs across Australia and overseas. This is such a terrific result, and we could not have done this without all of your dedication and support.

In 2011 Born to Knit received 3,501 blankets, and to achieve an additional 1,343 blankets this year is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved.

We are in the process of finalising our blanket distribution with a number of overseas partners, so stay tuned to our blog to be notified once everything is confirmed.  You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be kept updated with all our progress.

Due to popular demand, Born to Knit will also be back again in Winter 2013 – our fourth consecutive year.

Want to do more? Whilst Born to Knit 2012 has now closed, if you are interested in supporting Born to Knit during the summer months, we still need volunteers to help sew squares into blankets.  Are you a community or craft group that can volunteer some time? Would you or your friends and family be able to assist us in turning squares into blankets? If so, please email us at borntoknit@savethechildren.org.au. You will be required to collect squares from Born to Knit directly in Collingwood Victoria, as unfortunately we do not have the facilities to post these out to you.

THANK YOU from everyone at Born to Knit, and Happy Knitting!

The Born to Knit Team

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Born to Knit 2012 Now Closed

The Born to Knit 2012 campaign has wrapped up. Thank you very much for the thousands of knitted blankets and squares received this year and stay tuned to our blog for updates on the final quantity knitted for 2012, and our blanket distributions.

Please note we can no longer accept donations of knitted blankets and squares, however we will be back again in Winter 2013 where we will resume Born to Knit for the fourth consecutive year.

If you have knitted blankets, clothing or other knitted items to donate moving forward, please contact Knit One Give One:

kogo

P.O. Box 2156

Caulfield Junction

Victoria 3161

http://www.knitonegiveone.org

 

Interested in Supporting Born to Knit During the Summer Months?

Each year we receive thousands of beautifully knitted squares but we still need volunteers to help with sewing these squares into blankets for children to cherish.

If you or your friends and family would like to help us turning these little gems into blankets, please email us at borntoknit@savethechildren.org.au. You will be required to collect squares from Born to Knit HQ directly, as unfortunately we do not have the facilities to post these out to you.

From all of us at Born to Knit, thank you very much for supporting our campaign to provide comfort and warmth to children in need.

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The Victorian Department of Heath is Born to Knit!

 

Staff from the Prevention and Population Health branch, in the Victorian Department of Health participated in the Save the Children’s “Born to Knit” campaign for the second year in a row.

 

Staff were keen to contribute to this important campaign after seeing pictures of blankets from 2010 being distributed in Cambodia to new mothers and their babies. Twenty volunteers knitted squares, sitting together up to two lunch times per week to knit as a group and also working in their spare time at home.

 

Participants ranged in skill from experienced knitters to those who learnt to knit specifically to participate in this campaign.  Other staff members who were unable to knit kindly donated wool to the team.

 

Born to Knit 2012 would not be possible without the support of workplace and community groups from all over Australia who come together to develop their own knitting communities, and help us provide comfort and warmth to many children in need.

 

Make sure you are registered for our blog to be kept updated on where your blankets will be distributed this year, our final blanket tally, and to be kept up to date with Born to Knit 2013.

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Final donations for 2012 flood through to Born to Knit HQ!

As we wrap up Born to Knit in 2012, we have seen many beautifully crafted blankets and squares sent into us by schools, workplaces and community groups all around Australia! We have been overwhelmed by your support and generous donations.

One of the schools who got involved in Born to Knit 2012 for the first time was the Dundula State School in Queensland. Established as a Term 3 project, the principal, students, parents and grandparents supported our campaign to knit for a cause.

The school also used the Born to Knit Campaign to educate young students about the effects of poverty.

The Born to Knit campaign is not only about providing warm blankets for children in need, but getting together to raise awareness about poor health conditions in Australia and overseas.

Thank you Dundula State School for knitting two big boxes of squares for the Born to Knit campaign, and to the many schools, community groups and organisations who have also supported Born to Knit in 2012.

 

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A Blanket update from the 2011 Born to Knit Campaign

 

All blankets knitted by our fantastic volunteers each year go to babies and young children in need, locally and abroad.

Last year’s Born to Knit Campaign saw 4000 blankets distributed across 53 health centres in Cambodia.

These are pictures of some grateful mothers and children who received blankets from the 2011 campaign. Ensuring that young children are kept warm could help to prevent diseases like pneumonia and the common cold. Your knitted donations make a real difference in communities.

The Born to Knit Team are keeping busy counting and sorting all of your wonderfully donated knitted blankets and squares as we conclude Born to Knit in 2012. Keep following our blog to find out where your blankets will be sent to this year.

 

 

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Unilever is Knitting for Kids!

The Born to Knit Campaign would not be able to run without the efforts of our generous knitters, beginners and experts!

Unilever, one of our global corporate partners, have engaged a group of enthusiastic employees and purchased Born to Knit kits to get knitting for the campaign.

To say the staff at Unilever have embraced the Born To Knit campaign with passion is an understatement! In only 2 months, an eager team have knitted and crocheted 120 squares including 4 complete blankets.

Thanks Unilever for your support!

Remember to get your workplace involved for the Born to Knit Campaign next year in winter 2013!

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