GIVING SEEDS OF LOVE COMING TO WĀNAKA – 13 th and 14 th April 2019
Rebecca Parnham co-founder of Social Enterprise Krama and Co is in Wānaka this weekend speaking at The Weaving House conference at the Lake Wānaka Centre she is bringing with her an opportunity for the Wānaka Community to support an exciting initiative started in Christchurch to help support children of the families affected by
the Christchurch shootings.
Seeds of Love are supporting a charity called NZ Gifts of Love and Strength who are giving practical support to 100 of the families directly affected by the shootings they have requested Giving Seeds of Love provide every child they are supporting a terracotta pot with a seeds of love heart planted in it. Over 200 pots are required.
To help make the seeded paper for the children you can come to the Wānaka Hotel Meeting Room from 3:30pm on Friday, 12th April through until 12pm Sunday 14th April. To help you can pay $10 to make seeded paper and write in the
card provided that we will later be put with a terracotta pot that has potting mix to give to a child affected by the shootings.
Rebecca from the Seeds of Love team will be there to meet and talk with between 3:30 – 4:30 pm on Friday the 12th and from 12 – 1 pm and 3 pm to 4 pm on Saturday the 13th.
Giving seeds of love ( http://www.givingseedsoflove.com) is an initiative that came out of the Christchurch terror attacks on the 15th of March. Beginning with two mothers, Rebecca Parnham and Chanel Campbell, who were already supporting Waitakiri Primary Schools Enviroferns Butterfly team to make seeded paper. The idea was that it would be a great way to support our children to process the events of that day. From there they used their many contacts to grow the initiative.
Rebecca Parnham has a social work background and was able to utilise the knowledge and contacts she has to support the initiative. Chanel Campbell has a horticultural and sales background and used her skills and knowledge. They pulled in key people such as Danielle Poyzer who has built a website and Bel van Noorden to utilise her knowledge from her studies especially in psychology and sociology. From there and with
many other generous supporters the initiative has grown and flourished.
The process of making seeded paper alone is very therapeutic and allows a gentle way to approach and discuss the attacks which can be especially helpful for parents but great in school and workplace settings as well.
The idea of using wildflowers in rich in symbolism as they are diverse and beautiful and also extremely resilient. This is used to represent and support the sense of unity this situation has evoked. The idea of gifting or sewing them is an outward and visible way to show you promote and stand for unity.
A short clip has been made to show how to do this and the instructions are able to be downloaded and are being translated into many different languages. There has been a
huge number of requests for the group to provide workshops and opportunities to do this in a public setting and for groups which they are trying to meet.
A charity called NZ Gifts of Love and Strength who are giving practical support to 100 of the families directly affected have request that every child they are supporting is given a terracotta pot with a seeds of love heart planted in it which is being worked on at the moment and what anyone who comes to a workshop can choose to participate in.