Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Bringing crafty back!
Last week was nearly entirely consumed by craft sale prep. I sat waiting for my breakfast the day before the event working on a half finished mitten with the goal of completing the set by lunch time, just so I could make a toque in the afternoon. Yoga. Sleep. Eat. Crochet. Can't talk, must crochet! Little crazy no? When I showed off my creation in progress to some friends on the way home, it was mentioned that Justin Timberlake can be held responsible for bringing sexy back, but now I am bringing crafty back, one project at a time. It is a tough job, but someone has to do it! The craft sale itself was a huge success, raising nearly $800 (33790 rupees!), and shining a bit of light on Odanadi as an organization as well as the issue of human trafficking itself. Everyone who came to help out for the event was absolutely brilliant, and it was pretty amazing to see how much time and energy people are willing to give. We had snack/chai wallahs, flower wallahs, cash desk wallahs, tag-making wallahs, helping-out-in any possible way wallahs, and also the number of projects donated by the Saturday morning craft crew was pretty spectacular. When the founders of Odanadi arrived, they were blown away by the success of the sale and asked to call the media, so midway through the day, a television crew turned up to film some footage and asked if we could say a little something about the event and the purpose for it; I certainly didn't expect to make the local news! The really great thing though was that the girls from Odanadi who attended had a fabulous day getting to interact with the yoga student and they all left exhausted, but with epic smiles and hugs and kisses. Seeing the light and confidence in their faces took the whole thing to an extra level of special for me, and it is pretty safe to say that the day was just as memorable for the people who attended based on the warm feedback that I have heard in the days since. And now every morning both before and after practice I get to see everyone sporting their beautiful new hats, mittens, scarves and legwarmers. Pictures coming soon!