West Kent local music event Livestock 2016 will be using funky festival bracelets that are lovingly made by five mothers who fled Syria.
This year Livestock want their festival to help “families both locally and abroad” fundraising for two local voluntary groups Fegans and Meeting Need. They also wanted something special for this year’s event that meant buying a ticket will not just fundraise but also directly help displaced people. One of the Livestock founders has been a regular volunteer in the Calais refugee camp and together with the other founders wanted to make this idea come alive at their event.
Each person attending the festival will be given a bracelet that is hand made by Syrian mothers.
Depending on which of the five colours the festival goers receive they will be made by one of the five women who are currently based in Istanbul. Displaced by the conflict in Syria the women are part of a livelihood support and skills development offered by our partner Olive Tree Crafts.
Earlier this year, from creating a bespoke product at the World Humanitarin Summit, we met and have subsequently partnered with the Olive Tree Crafts to develop a special friendship bracelet for Empathy Action kid’s party Action Packs. The partnership has allowed the connection to these specific women and able to work alongside them. Having interviewed them recently we will have a short feature on each of them on our Facebook & Instagram pages building up to this Saturday’s event.
Those taking part in this weekend’s Livestock will not only wear a special product woven and made by these women but also help their family and their dignity. The additional funds raised from the event will go towards helping broken families locally and abroad.
Empathy Action will also be running a stall with other products made from groups working with refugees at the event. For more information about tickets and how to attend Livestock 2016 please visit here.
If you are interested in creating a special product for your event please get in touch.