#charitytuesday: The Big Knitathon

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Many of the challenges our fundraisers undertake are feats of athleticism like marathons, mountain climbs or long distance cycles. However, fundraising challenges come in all shapes and sizes! There are hundreds of activities people take on in order to fundraise for a good cause, and on this #charitytuesday we bring you one of them; The Big Knitathon!

2015 will be the fourth annual Big Knitathon, a fundraising event run by The Big Issue Foundation. Over the last three events, over 2000 knitters have got their needles out for the Big Knitathon and raised over £22,500! Whether you can knit or not you can still take part, you could do sewing or papercraft if you tend to only use your knitting needles to scratch hard to reach itches.

The idea is that you can tailor the event to suit you. The Big Issue Foundation explain, you can still support the cause. “You may decide to get sponsored for the length of time you will be knitting, you could hold a craft sale or raffle of items you have made, or you could take orders for individual knitted items from friends and colleagues. However you fundraise at your Big Knitathon you’ll be helping to make a big difference to the lives of Big Issue vendors across the country.

Last year the charity supported over 2,200 vendors to make 5,800 positive steps forwards; the funds from The Big Knitathon made a great contribution to that.

The Big Issue Foundation add; “Knitting is so much more fun when you get together in a group, so this year we have teamed up with Streetlife, a social network for local communities, to find knitters in your neighbourhood and invite them along to your event. When you register to hold a Knitathon we’ll send you great knitting patterns, some balloons to decorate your event, a collection box and loads more! When you register we can add you to our map if you like so that you can get your neighbours involved too.

Stephen Robertson, CEO of The Big Issue Foundation, told us “The Big Knitathon is a great way to bring communities together to raise vital funds for The Big Issue Foundation. Knitting might not seem like the obvious solution to tackling homelessness, but by bringing people together for a Knitathon, groups will be raising awareness and critical funds to help some of society’s most vulnerable people to take all-important first steps to changing their lives.”

You can set up your fundraising page for The Big Knitathon or donate directly to the cause.

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