Handmade loves to give, so while we don’t charge an entry fee to come into the Handmade Market, we do ask that you support the charities we host at each event. For the December Market, the people collecting on the door will be from Canberra based charity, Send Hope Not Flowers.
Founded in 2011, this wonderful organisation has responded to the awful numbers of women who die during childbirth across the developing world, due to preventable complications and lack of proper facilities. Send Hope raises money through a simple idea. Instead of sending flowers to a new mum in Australia, the charity asks people to donate the cost of a bunch of flowers to support their safe birth programs. The new mother receives a card saying that a donation has been made to honour her and her newborn that will help to save the life of another mother somewhere in the developing world.
Help is given by Send Hope to safe birth programs in six countries – Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Timor Leste, The Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Ethiopia. They help to train midwives, provide equipment and institute innovative prenatal care that will contribute to a significant reduction in the maternal death rate. The Send Hope website also allows people to purchase birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas, thank you, get well and sympathy cards.
For Christmas, we also have a gift wrapping service, provided by the ACT division of Australian Red Cross. Take your newly purchased gifts to their stall and have it wrapped, knowing that the cost will go towards Food Pantry, which assists with an emergency food relief service for newly arrived migrants and educates them to select food products to take home, store safely and cook themselves.