Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Summer Beadathon July 26th and 27th 2013, raising money for Beads of Courage Be Child Cancer Aware

Its come round quick, just 8 more days to go before the 2nd Beadathon takes place.
A 24 hour lampwork glass bead making marathon, a small group of lampworkers giving up a whole 24 hours to burn the flame bright and create beautiful beads that will be given to the children enrolled on the programme at key stages throughout their treatment for Cancer.
Beads of Courage an extract from their website, click on the link to go to the page for the full article
The Beads of Courage programme is designed to provide an additional treatment and offers support for children and teenagers undergoing serious illness and treatments. The initial reaction to the Beads is “aren’t they pretty” but it is not until you see it in action and talk to children and care givers that you can see the impact that they have.
This programme supports over 20,000 children in the US, Japan and New Zealand and has been evaluated over the past 8 years. Major benefits of the programme are that it helps to decrease illness-related distress, increases the use of positive coping strategies, helps children find meaning in illness and restores a sense of self in children coping with serious illness.
The programme also provides something tangible that a child can use to tell family and care-givers about their experience during treatment. The beads also help explain to teachers and friends what has happened to them whilst they have been away from school. Parents of younger children enrolled in the programme can use the beads in the future to explain to their child what they have been through.
Beadathon 2012 burning the torches for 24 hours.
Front of photo is Heather Kelly from Heather Kelly Glass and me! Izzybeads

There are 15 Craft Pimp members that have pledged their time for the 24 hours, some travelling from all over the country picking up others along the way. 

It would be wonderful if you could pledge a donation, it all helps to help this wonderful charity give to those families and children who are all going through this toughest of times. 

I have lots of links for you to browse

This wonderful YouTube video.
This Beads of Courage page to read.
The Craft Pimp Forum page for more information about who is coming.

But probably the most important page of all, if you could sponsor us to complete our Beadathon Marathon and help support the charity the Just Giving page is only a click away.

For those who lampwork and would like to donate beads for this wonderful charity that we at Craft Pimp support please follow this link to download and print the bead donation form.

Please help us to help Beads of Courage support these children and their families.

We thank you for all of your support.

The Craft Pimp Team 


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