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Calling all Mumsknitters - would you like to help Oxfam raise awareness of maternal mortality

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carriemumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Mar-08 17:51:27

I posted this on Site stuff, but it was suggested we post it here too...

As part of the Health and Education For All campaign, Oxfam have launched an appeal for knitted squares to create a giant baby blanket, with each square knitted representing a mother who did not survive pregnancy or childbirth to be able to care for her baby, because she couldn't access the medical care she needed.

Oxfam are aiming to get 250,000 squares by September, which is the number of mothers who could have been saved in that time if decent healthcare had been available.

They need knitters to make 9 inch squares for the giant blanket, which will be handed into the Government as a sort of 'patchwork against poverty petition', to demand a world where everyone has access to free basic healthcare.

We were just wondered if all you Mumsknitters would be interested in teaming up with Oxfam to help out.

Ideally we'd need some folks to volunteer as Local/regional coordinators - who could appeal on their local sites for knitters, maybe organise a local knit -in/meet-up, wouldn't mind being contacted by non mumsnetter oxfam supporters to coordinate collection of squares

And then we just need folks who wouldn't mind unravelling an old sweater and knitting some squares (they're v keen on folks recycling old knitted stuff).

In May they're planning on holding Knit-ins at local MP's offices - so they're also looking for folks happy to teach their MP how to knit while talking about the issue of maternal mortality and hopefully picking up some local media coverage.

Basically it's not about raising money but raising awareness.

Let us know what you think/if you would be interested in helping out.



Dingle Thu 20-Mar-08 17:54:21

Have you an official link I could use please...I have loads of knitters on other crafting forums I could try for you.

lackaDAISYcal Thu 20-Mar-08 17:56:14

sounds good. Count me in....erm for knitting; not co-ordinating that is!

<backs away shyly>

marina Thu 20-Mar-08 17:56:50

Can help with this Carrie.
Link would also be good as have lots of in-the-stash-closet colleague knitters apparently...

pruners Thu 20-Mar-08 18:02:19

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bundle Fri 21-Mar-08 17:50:15

i know that in eg africa there are situations where access to c/s is possibe..but then staff won't let families into hospital unless they have money/drugs for patient. this has led to many deaths/disabilities (eg fistula) that are entirely preventable.

so i'd be up for it.

marina Fri 21-Mar-08 17:51:05

I always think of that fab charity set up by British midwives for the women and babies of Chad bundle

bundle Fri 21-Mar-08 17:53:32

smile marina

also that famous fistula hospital in [ addis ababa]]

hope you're having a peaceful easter, much needed rest being had over here after having friends round for fish pie earlier (took girls to kids' stations of cross..did 2 readings blush myself)

bundle Fri 21-Mar-08 17:54:17


rantingwageslave Fri 21-Mar-08 21:25:29

Yes, I would love to.

CocoDeBearisCocoDeBear Fri 21-Mar-08 21:31:48

I will knit a square, count me in.

pruners Sun 23-Mar-08 18:11:06

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Miaou Mon 24-Mar-08 15:51:32

Oh I'm in.

I might even see if I can co-ordinate up here (Caithness) (don't think I'd get many takers but you never know!)

quarkee Mon 24-Mar-08 20:02:34

I will knit a square ...

bundle Tue 25-Mar-08 14:47:59

has this kicked off yet?

Fillyjonk Tue 25-Mar-08 17:32:08

would love to do this

would normally like to do more eg co ordinating but I think its too much atm (new baby). will do what I can though.

its a bloody good cause imo.

DutchOma Tue 25-Mar-08 19:57:18

I spoke to my MP this morning (Sally Keeble, Northampton North) and she is all for it. She can knit and will knit in her office and help to organise it. I am quite willing to do some organising if you would like to let me know what needs doing. Sally thought it was a wonderful idea.

Miaou Tue 25-Mar-08 22:22:34

bump - anyone else?

saltire Tue 25-Mar-08 22:24:47

I can't knit unfortunatelysad

Miaou Tue 25-Mar-08 22:35:26

lol saltire - I saw your name on active convo's as last poster and thought, "I wonder what saltire is posting? She doesn't knit!" grin

bundle Tue 25-Mar-08 22:36:19

good old sally

so what yarn?

saltire Tue 25-Mar-08 22:39:34

Miaou - I wish I could. my late aunt tried to teach me, but I could never get it right. She put it down to teh fact that I was left handed and she was right. She was a beautiful knitter, and one of the last things she made, when she was ill in the hospice was a crotched shawl (which is so fine it looks like lace) and knitted pram blanket for DS1, she died about 2 weeks after he was born. I still have them upstairs.

Miaou Tue 25-Mar-08 22:43:46

Aw saltire - lots of emotion around the subject too I guess. Sorry, I shouldn't have teased blush

saltire Tue 25-Mar-08 22:47:29

No it's ok, I just still wish she could have taught me to knit!
It fascinates me to see poeple knitting

bakingabun Tue 25-Mar-08 23:00:11

I'm happy to help, just let me know what to do and when grin

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