Have you heard about the Bealtaine Festival happening this month? This festival is the national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. Over 55,000 people all over the country will be taking part in events involving music, art, dance, cinema, writing, theatre, heritage and most importantly – knitting!
Oxfam Ireland and Age & Opportunity have teamed up for the knitting part of the festival – and they have launched the In Stitches initiative. If you knit, either on you own or as a part of a group, you can be part of a global project that will make a real difference.
Knit a scarf, hat or blanket and drop it into your local Oxfam shop. You can individualise your item using a special gift tag with your name on it. Each item sold will help Oxfamâ€™s work in fighting poverty, suffering and injustice around the world. Need some inspiration? Bealtaine has commissioned two special scarf patterns for Bealtaine knitters – you can find them here. You could also choose a pattern from the Oxfam range – find them here.
The sale of your knitted scarf for â‚¬15 could buy an innovative clay cooking stove that uses less wood than conventional cooking methods, meaning that women living in high-risk places (such as Darfur) spend less time searching in remote areas for firewood where they are vulnerable to attack.
For more details, visit the Bealtaine Festival website!