I have created a pattern as a fundraiser for the White Helmets in Aleppo. If you google ‘white helmets’ you will be confronted by screeds of images of ordinary people in deeply traumatising circumstances, doing incredible things.
It was these photos, and the words of the head of the White Helmets below that motivated me to do more. To give more, to help in some way, not to sit idly and read about them and then close my browser and move on.
“Barrel bombs – sometimes filled with chlorine – are the biggest killer of civilians in Syria today. Our unarmed and neutral rescue workers have saved more than 78,529 people from the attacks in Syria, but there are many we cannot reach. There are children trapped in rubble we cannot hear. For them, the UN Security Council must follow through on its demand to stop the barrel bombs, by introducing a ‘no-fly zone’ if necessary.” – Raed Saleh, head of the White Helmets, the Syrian Civil Defence.
So with the help of a lovely group of knitters who have been testing, checking, critiquing the pattern for me, I am happy to say that I have just published the White Hats for White Helmets pattern.
I hope that you will help me raise money for this cause by buying this pattern. All the money raised from the sales of this pattern will go straight to the White Helmets to help them to continue helping others.
If you want to know more about this cause you can visit this website. There is an interesting section at the bottom of the front page that shows the cost of the equipment these people need to keep saving lives.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to raise enough money for them to get a new ambulance? And isn’t is awful that they need them at all.