“So far we’ve made about 1900 elephants, and we’ve been giving them to organisations like Tedz4kidz Dunedin and Foster Hope - it's really exciting to see the enthusiasm when people receive them, and it's really fun for the volunteers to make them, because they're simple, but they're so full of character because we're using fabric scraps.”
Stitch Kitchen became a charitable trust in 2019, and like most other charities, it relies on donations to supplement its revenue, which allows it to continue its work.
“We are partially funded,” Fiona said, “we get some funding thanks to the Dunedin City Council, and lotteries – and the ANZ Staff Foundation sponsored six months of our mending workshops this year, which was really great.
“We would love to be employing people and teaching them the skills to make desirable products – we’re looking at boosting our staffing.
“We want to be able to cover our operating costs from revenue that we generate, but at this stage we are still very dependent on that funding for wages, but also for project costs.”
For more information, or to donate to Stitch Kitchen, see their website here.