As Spring kicks in, the flowers come out, the birds tweet, the sun shines for longer and Born to Knit comes to a close. The campaign officially finishes on the 30th September, however, last week marked the end of the Born to Knit Schools Competition. Over 70 schools took part in the competition, but there could only be eight finalists. The dedicated little knitters that made the finals were announced last week and Friday afternoon was judging day!
Five of the eight finalists joined us at Save the Children’s office in Melbourne and presented what got them knitting and how they would spend the prize-money, whether it be $10,000 (1st prize); $6,000 (2nd prize) or $4,000 (3rd prize) to the panel of judges.
Eight schools had 10 minutes to present in any way they like – whether it was a play, a video, via PowerPoint or over the phone. A great afternoon full of laughter, passion, energy and wool. All schools were judged based on the set criteria of knowledge, effectiveness, creativity and teamwork. The presentations were amazing. Such inspiring children telling us their reasons for being part of Born to Knit.
We had three wonderful judges sitting on the panel, now left with the tough responsibility of deciding a winner. The judges were Bianca Collier, Save the Children’s Program Manager for Asia and Africa; Howard Ralley, Save the Children’s General Manager for Marketing and Communications; and Rob Milne, CEO of Australian Country Spinners.
Winners will be announced very soon, so stay tuned!