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.
Sharon, you are absolutely right! The only ones who profit from KAS Shop sales (or indeed any donations) are the children! Thank you so much for mentioning that!
My booklet, as well as Anneke's beautiful Flower Series Note Cards and Amy's stunning South African Nature Series Note Cards, were donated to the KAS Shop for the sole purpose of easing the financial burden Ronda faces in the day-to-day running of Knit-a-Square.
Whatever you spend in the shop, no matter what you purchase, goes directly to help the children. Not one penny is ever wasted! xo
Thank you for your generosity Anneke. The KAS van certainly does need fuel for the winter distributions. If we raise enough money Ronda and the team should be able to exceed the total of 6000 blankets distributed last year, wouldn't that be fantastic?
I'm looking forward to seeing your TC creations on the forum very soon. Yay!
Yahoo!!!! Anneke, I can hardly wait to see what beauty you will create with your Tunisian crochet hooks!!! Remember, if you need help with any part of it, you only need to ask. Sharon and I are so eager to see more TC in the children's blankets!
We all love to send our work to Ronda, but she needs financial help in getting our things to the children. Your donation toward fuel is very much appreciated. Thank you! xo
Okay just sent money to keep the motor running. I already promised myself I won't buy yarn equivalent to the same amount.
Hope all are well. Love, Jeanne
Does anyone have any idea how one increases one's monthly donation amount? I kinda don't want to run two subscriptions, that doesn't make sense. Thanks for any ideas!
I have a problem. I want to make a monthly donation of more than $5. I can't find anyway to modify the amount. It stays at $$5 and I don't know how to increase the amount.
Thank you Sharon. I hadn't noticed the option button.
As I received generous donations from Mme Robinet, Mme Legros and Mme Goujat (a friend of Mme Legros) along with their lovely blankets, I have another parcel covered for postage costs. So I've signed on for a monthly donation and made a purchase at the KAS shop to pay gogos to sew blankets.
HAPPY EASTER TO ALL !! PEACE TO ALL !!
I just contributed with the following items :
Supply Nutritious Snacks for a Distribution – Easter
Educational Items for a Crèche