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Collaborate for a Cause

It’s getting to that time of year when the annual Collaborate for a Cause Charity Auction kicks off again.

Organising the Collaborate for a Cause Charity Auction is one of my “other projects”. Collaborate for a Cause happens just once a year and takes over for a little while, but for the rest of the year I channel my passion for handmade into One Thimble!

I am so blessed to have so many fantastic handmade businesses getting involved each year and helping Collaborate for a Cause to grow to exceed my wildest dreams.  Without so many businesses embracing this idea and working so hard to  rise to the yearly challenge to

collaborate, create and donate
and for the wonderful admin team who work tirelessly behind the scenes there would be no Collaborate for a Cause.

I would love your help spreading the word about the Collaborate for a Cause Charity Auction and  for you to show your support to the participating businesses.  Even if you’re not able to bid, take a look through the auction album and be inspired!

A Selection of the Items included in this years auction.

To see the full album, find out more about the businesses and collaborations involved and to place your bids please visit here

Background to Collaborate for a Cause – Reprinted from One Thimble Issue 3:

“If you haven’t already figured it out, one thing you need to know about me is that I’m passionate about sewing and handmade business. “Finding” handmade has been a lifechangingly positive experience for me and I want others to have the same sense of joy that I have found doing what I love. Too often it’s easy to get pushed off track by competitiveness and negativity.  Collaborate for a Cause (C4AC) aims to combat that.  I believe that by working together handmade businesses can strengthen & grow their own businesses as well as the handmade community as a whole. By getting to know your “competitors” as “peers” and “colleagues” you can redirect your energies to reaching new customers, developing new product lines and get rid of the anxiety that comes from always being on guard against others in the handmade community.

Many people working in their own handmade business, work from home, often with small children
and it can be a very isolating experience which can give birth to misunderstandings. If you don’t have someone who understands the business you’re in, to talk over worries and concerns, it can be easy for misunderstandings to fester. By making friends with others in the same boat you can gain a cheer squad to bounce ideas and concerns off and you can do the same for them.

Collaborate for a Cause was born out of these ideas of helping people in the handmade community network while raising funds for charities they’re passionate about. It is an annual Facebook based charity auction, which gives people the opportunity to network and make friends with people in the same industry. Working with someone on a joint goal is a wonderful way to get to know them and hopefully forge partnerships and friendships beyond C4AC. Handmade businesses partner with each other to create unique, handmade pieces that are auctioned to raise funds for charity.

The aim of ‘Collaborate for a Cause’ is to promote friendship, understanding and fun throughout the
Facebook handmade community, while raising important funds for charities.

What sets it apart from other charity auctions is that it lets donors select their own charity recipient and that each donated item is a collaborative effort between two or more handmade businesses. Since 2011 the Collaborate for a Cause charity auctions have raised over $100, 000, but perhaps even more importantly it has given birth to lots of networking opportunities and friendships.”

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