Early in 2018, I began looking for sweet Easter accessories for my son, Leo. Though my crochet skills were rusty, I was eager to make Leo his own Easter bunny bonnet as a First Easter keepsake, (plus, I thought he’d make a very cute bunny!).

Leo’s little bonnet was a big hit with all who saw him wearing it commenting on what a sweet bunny boy I had. My confidence was bolstered by such kind compliments and with my Do It For Cancer fundraiser already underway selling Easter cupcakes, I decided to auction off four Easter bunny bonnets in a mum’s group on Facebook. By the end of Easter 2018, these bonnets (and a few dozen cupcakes) had raised $231.18 for the Cancer Council!

Despite the 40°C weather we were experiencing over Summer 2018/19, enquiries rolled in for Easter bonnets and by late January my order books were beginning to fill up. In fact, these whimsical bunnies were so popular, I made the call to close orders 6 weeks earlier than anticipated. Each Easter bonnet takes a minimum of six hours to complete which for me means two evenings of crocheting. A labour of love, the ears are made from four separate pieces sewn together and then stitched to the bonnet. Their creation takes longer to crochet than the actual bonnet!

This Easter season’s orders certainly kept me busy and together we were able to hit the half way mark of my fundraising goal! A total of $535 has been donated to the Cancer Council from bunnies and other bonnet sales, as of April 2019.

I appreciate each and every order that helps me creep closer toward achieving $1000 raised for cancer research and patient support. But it’s not all about the money raised. Your words of encouragement have helped turn a hobby into a meaningful part of my life and for that I am forever grateful.

Rachel x


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