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Published on 19th July 2010
Almost 37,000 hand-woven friendship bracelets have now been packed and posted to schools, Girl Guide units and Four Square stores throughout New Zealand in the countdown to VSA Project Friendship 2010.
Project Friendship runs from August 9–15. During the week more than 200 schools and Girl Guide units will be selling $3, colourful, hand-woven friendship bracelets. The bracelets will also be available at 99 Four Square stores in the lower North Island.
This year Project Friendship is focusing on youth. Money from each sale will support VSA volunteers who are working with young people on issues such as children’s rights, HIV and AIDS, and the environment.
A team of four students helped Project Friendship coordinator Elisha Connell pack the bracelets and all the accompanying material after the bracelets arrived at VSA’s Wellington office on July 5. They were posted to participating schools, guide units and Four Square stores on July 19.
The bracelets are made under fair trade conditions at the Nguyen Nga Centre in Vietnam, an organisation which provides training for people with disabilities. The centre supports around 100 students providing training in a range of handcrafts and supporting some to attend high school or university.
Elisha designs and chooses the colours for the bracelets, which are made by hand and take about 50 minutes to complete. This year’s bracelets include a new heart design.
“It’s always exciting when the bracelets arrive, to see what the new designs look like. We’re really pleased with the heart bracelets – and they fit in really well with the theme of Project Friendship.”