Square Million. Suspend reality and see what is possible.

by sandy on July 5, 2011

You may have noticed in the last ezine, ‘we’re back’, that we pointed out that G4S’s prison inmates, who are sewing blankets for the orphans and vulnerable children, have the capacity to sew 100,000 squares a month. That’s 1.2 million squares a year. Heart stopping!
1.2 million squares certainly sounds impossible, if you imagine it is just you and our already furiously-clicking wonderful, KasCommunity.

Suspend reality for a moment
Could I ask you to suspend reality for just long enough to read and imagine this? Is that a deal?

Okay, as of today we are 1,775 fantastically, committed people in this forum, focused on helping the 2.8 million children in South Africa and Zimbabwe, whose lives have been so compromised, some even before their birth.

We would help all of Africa’s children, if we could.
Still, we know that every child whose lives we touch with our love, care and warmth, is offered a hand of hope from people all over the world, who have not abandoned them.

So, we are agreed that every child we help matters?

In which case, if we could help more, we should, yes?

Let’s look at some numbers.

If each of our 1,775 people stitched five squares a month for a year, that would equal 60 squares x 1775 = 106,500. Good start, and not impossible?

Now each of us, all 1,775 people would know five people among all our family and friends, whom we could challenge to knit 25 squares throughout the year?

1,775 x 5 = 8,875 KasFriends stitching 25 squares = 221,875 squares. Still way short of 1.2 million.

Your local communities

Okay, so what if we approached our local school, church, or retirement home?

Let’s imagine that everyone of us approached a school, church or retirement home. Let’s be realistic and say that on average one out of every two approaches took the up the challenge and those organisations each sent 100 squares each. We know it can be done, because we’ve launched KasElders in Australia and older people love it.

That’s 1,775 divided by two (only every second challenge taken up) equals 888 schools/churches/retirement homes (KasCommunity) x 100 squares each = 88,800 squares.

Let’s see what have we got now. 106,500 + 221,875 + 88,800 = 417,175 squares. Getting there.

Small business
How many of us work for a small business? Let’s imagine there are 100 members who work in small business and could challenge their companies (KasBiz) to a 500 square contribution for the year? That’s another 50,000 squares.

Okay, now what if among our 1,775 members, just 10 members work for a large organisation like InterfaceFLOR who contributed 10,000 squares last month?

Big business
So, those 10 members go to their organisations and challenge them to beat InterfaceFLOR. Our biggest corporate contributor before that was Dewey le Boeuff in New York, who sent us 1,200 squares. Now InterfaceFLOR have re-set the bar!

There must be more than 10 of us who work for corporate organisations (KasCor), who could take up this challenge?

That’s 10 x 10,000 = 100,000.

Now we have 417,175 + 50,000 + 100,000 squares = 567,175 squares

One last thing to imagine. Your five friends and relatives you asked first up: what if you asked them to invite just one other person (KasFriend-of-a-friend!) each to also contribute 25 squares in a year.

That’s 1,775 x 5 = 8,875 each adding one person = 17,750 x 25 squares = 443,750.

Total 567,175 + 443,750 = 1,010,925 squares. Well, it is a weeny bit short of the mark, but pretty close!

And that is only the forum members! We know there are at least another 3-5,000 members stitching out of Ravelry, Facebook and subscribers who belong to churches and schools.

They could make up the 90,000.What do you think LOL!

I know I have asked you to come on a fantasy journey. But is it really? What is each one of us being asked to do?

In a knit-shell
To summarise, here’s what we’re suggesting: knit five squares each a month. Ask five people each to knit 25 squares a year. Ask each one of them to ask one person to knit 25 squares a year. Ask everyone in this chain to ask their local school, church or retirement village to take up the challenge. Challenge your company to a contribution.

The reality is that if we all did that, it would spread organically anyway.

Schools show the way
The school our daughters used to go to, Methodist Ladies College, has taken up the challenge. The whole school community expects to knit over 20,000 squares this year. Other schools in Australia are also onboard.

The Cedarwood College community in Johannesburg has contributed 8,000 squares, Cundall Manor College in the UK contributed 2,600 squares. How many thousands of colleges are there around the world we could find and ask?

Your reward
We thought that you should be rewarded for your efforts by a Warm Child Wrapped in Your Love.

For every KasFriend: 1 Warm Child Wrapped In Your Love

For every KasFriend-of-a-friend: 1 Warm Child Wrapped In Your Love

For every KasCommunity: 4 Warm Children Wrapped In Your Six Warm

For every KasBusiness: 6 Warm Children Wrapped In Your Love

For every KasCorporate: 10 Warm Children Wrapped In Your Love

I will be busy illustrating a whole lot of beautiful warm children over the next few weeks to award to you, but PLEASE do not let that stop you getting out there today and starting this exciting challenge.

Anyone got any names for it? How about the Million Square Challenge? Roger suggests the Millionaire’s Square.

PS: Don’t forget the internet world, every craft, knitting and crochet blog (and there are THOUSANDS) could easily be converted into a KasNetworker (LOL – just made that one up), by your leaving a comment. I think a KasNetworker would deserve 2 Warm Children Wrapped In Your Love – what do you think?

PPS: What if we were to put online a downloadable flyer or brochure, for you to share with friends, schools, retirement homes, community, church groups and your businesses and companies to persuade them to join the Square Million challenge?

Just think, we could also set up a thermometer so everyone could track our progress as the squares tally mounted. Any other ideas?

To take part in the discussion, please visit the forum.

Kalai will put the challenge up on July 8, so please don’t put up your efforts yet!

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