I don't really know where to begin with this post. A lovely young family who live here in Wellington are currently grappling with what no family should ever have to face - their beautiful little daughter and sister, Hope, has an aggressive form of cancer. After battling for two years and finally being in remission a very short 5 months ago, it has tragically returned. And this time they can no longer battle it - it has spread and now they face the loss of their precious daughter and sister and have been given such a terribly short amount of quality time left to cherish her. Hope turns 4 on the 19th of February.
I am blatantly copying from my friend Julia's blog (with her permission), with links to many auctions and raffles that have been set up by the many lovely people out there who want to help this family. We would love to be able to raise enough money so that this wonderful family can spend as much quality time together as possible, without worrying about finances. Please bid generously and help us do what we can for Hope and her family.
On Trade Me:
For people in and around the Wellington region - a fabulous photograph shoot with Rachael Brown Photography (who took the picture above of Hope and her family) and a disc of the images here.
Some wonderful donations of yummy yarn that are hard to get in NZ - all with $1 reserves.
2 x 4oz skeins of Mosaic Moon Licorice Twist - Colourway: Spice Chest. This is a gorgeous warm colourway, not often dyed on this base (and very hard to get), the base has lent itself wonderfully to take in such warm cherry and auburn tones. Donated by Belinda McKay in Australia and you'll find the auction here
2 x 4oz skeins of Shoestring Organic Merino (Gaia Worsted) - Colourway: Little colt (Ponies-Horsie Hybrid). This is an extremely hard to get yarn in NZ, and a very hard to get colourway, Very gender neutral and would make the most perfect newborn clothing or even a sweet little rainbow dress (Tikki - Georgie Hallam Pattern) for your gorgeous daughter. Donated by Belinda McKay in Australia and you'll find the auction here
A 150gm skein of Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin (a fabulous machine washable 4ply/fingering weight yarn) in the colourway Sabrina, donated by Lisa Scott here
A 4oz skein of Family Roots Kona Superwash DK/8ply in the colourway Yarnia, donated also by Lisa Scott here
An Elite Cruiser Frontpack donated by Nikki here
An Amazing Game Book with 50 activities and games here
A Peke Moe in blue, with a freebie one thrown in too - donated by Gina here
A handcrafted Bells Stuff bear - donated by Sheryl here
A beautful handcrafted Oamaru stone carving by a talented Wellingtonian carver Tim White here
On individual blogs
Alison has a lovely skein of Old Maiden Aunt yarn here
The yarny giveaway running on Julia's blog, just $5 for an entry :)
On The Nappy Network - anyone can join to have a look at the auctions! You'd be surprised at what bargains some of the auctions are at the moment! And there's something for everyone, all are brand new.
* Some cupcake stitch markers here
Of course you can donate directly to Hope's account - time is of the essence at the moment.
"I'd like to do something too"
Then do! There are a range of things you could do to help out.
* Start your own auction and sell something with the money going directly to Hope's family, or make a donation
* Talk to people at your work/church groups about perhaps supporting the Osborne family
* Wellington people - there is someone collecting meals/baking etc on behalf of the Osborne family, email me here for the contact details if you'd like to help with some meals for them. Dairy free meals and baking would be greatly appreciated
* Turn off the computer and go and spend some quality time with the people you love, not to sound soppy, but go and create some wonderful memories with your own kids, grandkids, parents, siblings, friends. Life is so precious.