Ballarat Grammar School is situated in the outback of Australia – a far cry from the Kidzpositive/ Groote Schuur Hospital’s pediatric ARV clinic in Cape Town, South Africa. However there is a strong social link between the learners of Ballarat and their support of The Positive Beadwork Project (PBP), which sustains on average 100 families with a small weekly income. Through an ongoing connection, the PBP have made orders of beaded pins, flags and ribbons for Ballarat Grammar School.
Recently the learners of Ballarat made handmade cards with personal messages written in them to the mothers of the project. A donation was also sent which allowed stores. The cards were handed over to the group of crafters, who on receiving the cards could not hide their joy at the beautiful cards and letters from the children of Ballarat.
This gesture holds much merit. Showing appreciation for the work that the beadworkers do is a vital element in creating feelings of worth and value about the work they produce. An unexpected and personal gift of a handmade card and a voucher boosted morale and created a buzz of energy around the clinic. This gesture is highly appreciated.