Science Festivals and Craft Fairs

The more often I explain what Crossing Countries does and why we do it the more I am convinced that it is the ‘why’ rather than the ‘how’ that is important. This became even clearer when we were invited to be part of the Social Dimensions of Health Institute stall at the Dundee Science Festival earlier this month. Their theme was ‘Perceptions’ and included information about optical illusions, perceived identities and vulnerabilities. ‘Change your thoughts, change the world’ was the catalyst for our display which asked people to question what they saw. Was the kite made out of a black bag and straws, rubbish or a kite? Was the model of a car, wire or a toy and were the people in the fashion show, models or wheelchair users?

Dundee Science Festival_edited

Last weekend we did our very first craft fare for WHALE at St Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church in Colinton. It was a delightful introduction into the word of crafters. We met lots of lovely people who were so positive and supportive of our enterprise. The Ikwhezi Welfare Organisation’s ceramics sold very well so we will definitely bring some of those back next year. I have a feeling this won’t be the last craft fair we do.

Craft Fair Nov 2015_edited

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Author: cctravellersedinburgh

Think unique, think volunteer, think disabled, think overseas, think adventure, think Crossing Countries. We want to make volunteering abroad possible for everyone. We are planning our first trip to Durban, South Africa, this summer to pilot our not-for-profit business. The founders of Crossing Countries are two disabled and three non-disabled friends who want to start a not-for-profit business. The idea is that disabled Travellers and their Travel Pals, plan, train and fund raise together before they go. Jean has been to Durban and Umlazi Township six times and has long held the dream of sharing the empowering experience. W hope to volunteer in street kids projects, with sexually abused children and running disability awareness workshops in High Schools and Universities.

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