Happy holidays to you and your families.
I just wanted to get a quick message out to all of the amazing crafters who have supported Crafty Volunteers during 2019, to say a huge thanks to each and every one of you.
Many of you have contributed a few items to your local charities during the year, while some of you have been crazy crafting machines that have produced some significant volumes for charity. Regardless of the volume, please know that every single square, hat, cardigan or blanket is very much needed by the charities that we all support, and definitely appreciated by the end recipients. It’s sad to think that no matter how much crafters around the country produce each year, we still don’t seem to reach saturation point, and there just always seems to be more need.
Its been a year of quiet growth, and over the last few weeks I’ve been doing some reflecting about what we have managed to achieve since Crafty Volunteers started over four and a half years ago. We have definitely reached a point where the way that the organisation was being managed is not sustainable, which is a great challenge to have, as it gives us the opportunity to think about the various routes that Crafty Volunteers could take in the future.
I’m thrilled that Lisa Stirling from Tauranga and Tracey Irwin from Waikanae have joined me on the Board of Trustees during the latter part of this year. Those of you who are involved with the Charity Yarn Stash Facebook group will know Lisa as being the absolute powerhouse Coordinator up in Tauranga. Tracey is a novice crafter and is very passionate about the Crafty Volunteers vision. Both ladies bring solid skills to the Board (business management, finance, project management, systems design) which will be key to developing the future direction of our organisation, and I’m very much looking forward to working with them both next year.
Some of you will already be on holiday with family, others will be spending quiet time at home, and others will be working throughout the holidays break. Whether you celebrate the religious reason for the season, or simply enjoy a much needed rest after a busy year, I wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season.
Yours – with love hope and compassion.