KAS FINANCES - URGENT APPEAL
APPEAL FOR DISTRIBUTION FUNDS
Ronda has been in touch to let us know her concerns regarding the lack of funds in the KAS bank account. Ronda urgently requires funds to be able to carry out the winter distributions to the children, these distributions are due to start within the next few weeks before the weather becomes too cold.
Here is a message direct from Ronda;
“Sadly the flood was costly in terms of cleaning costs and re-organising the office so that nothing stands on the floor, ie. bringing in a whole bunch of shipping pallets etc. Not to mention room and fabric sprays to help with the appalling smell of damp wool which seemed not to go away despite our running all the room fans for two solid weeks!!!
In Rand terms it costs us between R30,000 and R35,000 per month to run KAS. That would be approximately $2600 or £2100 at current exchange rates. We have been receiving between $800 - $1500 via PAYPAL for many months now, so have eaten into our reserves each month. We have approximately 12 regularly monthly donors The bank account it is the lowest it has been in many years ”
As you can see there is a huge shortfall each month between the amount of money it takes to run KAS and the amount Ronda receives via PayPal donations. Today we are launching an appeal on behalf of Ronda to raise urgently needed distribution funds. Without these funds KAS cannot complete its wonderful work.
YOU CAN HELP BY:
The KAS Shop is a direct donation to a child through Knit-a-Square.
Don't have Paypal - You can still help
If you don't have paypal you can still contribute. The follow moderators are able to collect cheques payments and forward these to Ronda.
Helen Flagg (USA)
Bev Jeffery ( Australia )
Louise Tidman (UK)
Please leave you details on the discussion below or contact the Mod to arrange this.
Going forward...... What can we do ?
As some of our older forum members will be aware, we have had to request for funds previously. Since moving into rental premises, KAS outgoings have increased, but so has KAS and it is not practical or realistic for KAS to be run from Ronda's home. Unfortunately grants are not easily obtainable. Ronda and her team are doing their best to try and win these and also search for cheaper premises. But both are not easy tasks.
Can you imagine what a relief it would be to Ronda and her team if we could all sign up to a monthly donation of $5,this would give her the stability. KAS operates on a shoestring budget and not a penny is wasted. Every penny really counts.
Look at how many forum member we have and if we all gave $5 dollars a month just imagine how many children Ronda could help and the security it would give KAS to keep going. So please ,please , please can you consider doing this.
We all know that KAS really does make a difference on the ground to these children.KAS Supplied blankets to 6000 children last year.
And finally .....
If any forum members have any ideas to help raise funds these would be welcomed by the Moderators. Please share on the discussion below or contact a moderator directly.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and your support. Together we can help and make a difference to these children's lives.
I too have been guilty of not renewing my monthly donation so will do it today. I have been working on using up my never ending stash of odd and ends - they sit in bottomless tubs and quietly breed when I'm not looking so I can manage without buying more yarn.
When I read the report I must admit to thinking that with blankets costing a minimum of £4 each to store and distribute plus the cost of yarn and postage to get them there the whole process was not cost-effective but thinking about it during the day I have come to realize what's been said many times before - these blankets are more than just blankets. They convey love and concern, more than just physical warmth, and that is unquantifiable. I'm going to make my donation now and get on with joining more squares.
Diane, thank you for your generosity and for this wonderful suggestion. Most of us have far too much yarn already so to stop buying yarn for a while won't hurt will it? And by donating the money to KAS instead will benefit so many children. xo
I just sen to Ronda 80.00USD via PayPal . Funds will be available March 6.
I have just spent £20 in the KAS shop.... I intend to print out some of the beautiful African animal cards (one of my hobbies is cardmaking) and I will sell them to raise funds for KAS.... also I thought it might be a good idea to host a coffee morning for KAS.
Grace, thank you so much for your donation and what a good idea to sell cards to raise funds for KAS. I too purchase cards from the KAS shop and sell them to raise funds.
A coffee morning is an easy way to raise money for very little outlay, a bunch of friends getting together in your home for a good natter with a cuppa and biscuits, a fun morning and money for KAS. Let us know how you get on. :)))
Diana, thank you for your generosity, it's much appreciated. xo