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.
Thanks so much Kathy for your generosity.
Ooh Kathy, I feel woozy/dizzy (and exhausted) just reading of the height you achieved, not to mention the 48 hairpin bends.
How very generous of you to increase your donation. Ronda and Team SA will be truly appreciative of your thoughtfulness. I am off to google a 'graze' box. I am imagining what it might be..........
Wow!!! I have just checked it out. I tip my hat (if I wore one....lol) to you, Kathy. Your commitment to KAS is above and beyond. Thank you!!
Kathy congratulations on your climb ! I googled Graze box too. Very generous of you to forgo such a healthy treat for KAS.
Kathy, your achievement is quite amazing! Donating to KAS is a wonderful way to celebrate........ and having seen (and tasted) some delicious graze boxes, I admire your will power!!!!!
Congratulations Kathy ! What an achievement.
Thank you for celebrating by increasing your monthly donation. As you know, Knit-a-Square relies on knowing the money from monthly donations will be there when planning distributions/paying monthly expenses. Your monthly increase will be much appreciated especially in that it will decrease the monthly shortfall [approximately $1000 per month].
I googled it also. It looked so yummy that I think Kathy deserves a very loud cheer for giving this up in favour of KAS. That combined with her bike effort wins her a medal§ Bravo Kathy.
Thank you Kathy. We use Booking.com for our reservations sometimes.
Sharon, I have sent you a private message as well. I would like to make a donation and live in the USA. I have had difficulty with Paypal and prefer not to use it. I need Helen Flagg's address so I can send a check. Thank you!
I haven't read all of the posts, but is Knit a Square an option on the donation or "smile" portion of Amazon.com?