KC2016 – Get Involved!
We are proud to have three charities represented this year in the Knit City Marketplace. Here’s a little bit more information about each of them and the ways that you can get involved.
Tikum Olam Gogos
The Gogos are a group of volunteer Grandmothers and ‘Grandothers’ that create sturdy, sustainable and beautiful tote bags in Vancouver. Proceeds from sales go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. This worthy cause supports the Grandmothers who have stepped forward to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS.
For more information about the Vancouver Gogos, you can visit their Facebook page. Please take a minute to stop by their booth at Knit City to talk with the Gogos and view their wonderful bags.
Knitted Knockers of Canada is an organization dedicated to providing special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast.
These soft comfortable lightweight prosthesis are available for free. They are knit with love by wonderful volunteers. Some women find traditional breast prosthetics too expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. Also traditional prosthesis often cannot be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, and beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast. Knitted knockers can also be used to fill the gap for breasts that are uneven and easily adapted for those going through reconstruction by simply removing some of the stuffing.
The knockers are made by volunteer knitters across Canada who buy the yarn themselves. Once made, the knockers are donated to Knitted Knockers Canada for distribution.
Knitted Knockers will have a booth at Knit City, so pop by and say hi! If you have Knockers to donate, you may bring them to the booth for collection. If you are interested in knitting some Knockers, please visit this website for patterns and video tutorials.
We are pleased to be collecting donations of Comfort Mitts at Knit City for Vancouver General Hospital.
If you have any to donate, you may drop them off at the Marketplace Admission booth. For more information about this worthy cause, please see below.