As news of the first Nepal earthquake began to unfold, I was sitting at my desk following the news websites. I read two articles in quick succession: the first said that the cost of the failed England World Cup bid was £5 million higher than previously thought (apparently £21 million in total). The second outlined how our government had just pledged £5 million to the relief effort in Nepal. I was incensed. I couldn’t quite grasp how that could be okay – where was our collective sense of perspective? (Credit where it is due though, the UK government increased its pledge as the scale of the disaster became clear.)
But what could I do? The people of Nepal didn’t need what I could make; pretty fabrics and business cards. So I wondered if a collaborative creative effort might raise more money than an individual like myself could donate.
I contacted a number of suppliers, proposing the idea of making a Nepal Appeal silk scarf, with all profits going to help those in need. The amazing teams at BeFabBeCreative Ltd, Kalopsia Collective and Susan Castillo Photography “got it” immediately. They took the idea and ran with it, roping in illustrator Matt Blease and designer Rosie Cook along the way.
I am indebted to the hard work and generosity of all of these wonderful collaborators, and hope that together we can raise lots and lots of money for the people having a desperate time in Nepal. Some of them have lost everything.
So please, if you can, buy one of our scarves HERE and together #letsmakeadifference.