Just wanted to say a big thank you to of all of those that participated in the Winter Wonder event at the weekend. It was very much a last minute thing to help raise some extra funds for the increasing number of families that are needing help. But, thanks to your efforts of sharing, liking and giving it was possible to raise a total of £310 through auction sales and one off donations because of the interest the event generated.
A special thanks to the small businesses that donated items to the Auction too. (Links of these can be found in the sidebar).
The money will be used to buy additional supplies of blankets and other items to help those in need keep warm this winter.(Pictures to follow shortly).
Have a great week everyone!
Head on over to our facebook page to enter.
***Giveaway 3: a beautiful set of Rubina Kadir pins””
An assortment of 12 pretty,hand-crafted pins made from Swarovski Crystal, Chinese Crystal, Vintage Silver and Czech faceted beads.
To enter: simply like the page (if you haven’t already) and like this post.
Open to all wherever you are in the world.
The giveaway ends at 11pm on 21st Dec and a name will be chosen randomly by an online, automated name picker.
Our fundraising, Winter Wonder event is now on!
Three days of gorgeous items, brilliant offers and great giveaways. New treats will be added throughout the event- so check back often. All funds raised will help to keep those in need warm this winter.
Plus, every day a new giveaway will be posted and they will all end on Sunday at 11pm gmt. Today the giveaway is this beautiful, handmade necklace. To enter you will need to visit our facebook page. Open to all wherever you are in the world!
As always, thank you so much for your support!
Handicrafts are popular in Algeria and several people are able to earn an income by producing beautiful pottery, furniture, glassware, tiles, pictures, handbags, carpets, clothing and many other types of items.
Hand crafted jewellery has been being created in Algeria for hundreds of years and every region has traditional styles that make use of locally sourced stones and findings that are fashioned into beautiful, hard-wearing pieces. My Mother in law gave me a brooch which had been passed down to her from her grandmother, it is years old but, even today the enamel and coral is still so vibrant-I love it!
As part of our Winter Wonder event which starts tomorrow and finishes on Sunday we will be giving away one beautiful Algerian necklace that has been handcrafted from silver and studded with Mediterranean coral.Don’t miss it!
Being in Africa, host to the Sahara and edged by the Mediterranean sea it is often assumed (by those without an Algerian connection of some sort) that the weather in Algeria is always warm. Even with my connection, I was totally surprised when my husband told me that Algeria is an excellent place to ski!
So, despite giving the impression of constant sunshine it can get extremely cold, not everywhere sees snow but it has been known to snow even in the capital and even without the white stuff, temperatures do drop pretty low, especially at night.
Snowy tree tops in Medea
In the winter time requests for help always go up. Cool temperatures demand that warmer or more clothing be worn and that one is wrapped up when sleeping to keep out the cold. This year an unprecedented amount of people are wanting assistance and numbers will only increase as it becomes colder….
So, to ensure that we can help all those that need it we have hurriedly put together a fundraiser in the form of a 3 day online shopping and giveaway event which will be on next weekend (19th/20th/21st December)! A number of corporate supporters have donated items for us to sell and auction at greatly reduced prices, all money raised will go towards keeping those in need warm this winter.
Just one of the gorgeous things up for grabs next weekend!
But, this event is about more than just raising funds, it’s also an ideal opportunity for us to give away a few special “end of year” treats to say thank you for your continued support (no, we don’t have to do this but, it is nice to show appreciation). As I have said many times before, Algerian Action only exists because of people pulling together and making small, individual gestures build up to big differences to those in need. Thank you for your efforts.
Please do share the event poster with all that you know and help us make the event a real success! (and if you just happen to be a business owner and would like to donate an item, it’s not too late, just email the details to : email@example.com )
Have a great week!
The second publication is almost here: just two weeks to go!
The book is aimed at children and will encourage them to learn all about Algeria. It is perfect for those with Algerian connections but is also great for children in general to learn about another culture and the world around them.
Full of fun, facts, culture, history and traditions- it is an opportunity to discover the details that make Algeria so unique.
All proceeds from the sale of the book will directly help those in need and will kick start our special needs project that starts next year.
You may remember me mentioning in my last post that next year we will be providing sensory packs to young children with special needs.
It has been lovely to read the private messages expressing support for this additional project and many have asked will the items included be made or bought. Well, I hope there will be a mixture. One of the lovely things about Algerian Action is that it’s not just about collecting money from people. From the beginning, the charity has been about people helping with their hands, whether that be through knitting, sewing or baking cakes to sell: it’s always be so much more personal than just money and with that in mind my thoughts are turning to what can be made for our sensory packs. My initial thoughts were about the bag itself. It needs to be sized to be manageable for a child, brightly coloured and have pockets inside.
I found this type of thing on pinterest, it’s called a busy bag.
How difficult do you think it would be to make? There is a tutorial here but although I sew, I’m not great at following instructions. We need 50 for our first group of recipients.
Or do you have any other suggestions? Would LOVE to hear your ideas!
As aleays thank you so much for your help and making a difference.