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Tatamgouche Notebook, by Ellen Millard

Hannah Martin is sewing her own infinity scarves to aid children in Mexico

Hannah Martin is using her skills in sewing to create beautiful scarves from a soft Jersey fabric in eye-catching colors and prints. But she isn’t doing it to make a profit.

The scarves are meant to be wrapped around the neck two or even three times and the soft material will keep one’s neck warm and cozy during our cool winter days. Martin was selling them at the Tatamagouche Farmers Market this past week and will be there again on Feb. 22.

She’s selling the infinity scarves as a fundraiser to earn money for a children’s cancer camp in Campeche, Mexico. She’ll be taking the funds to the centre in March while she’s there for a leadership camp. The majority of the funds raised from the sale of the scarves (80 per cent) will go to support of the cancer centre, while 10 per cent will go towards helping a Mexican student come to study in Nova Scotia. The balance of the proceeds go to the Tatamagouche Food Bank.

When asked how she became interested in the project, Martin says, “When I went to Mexico on vacation last year, I met up with a group at the airport who were in going to take part in this leadership program. After hearing about it from them I decided to take part in it in 2014 so applied to go.

“I’ll be studying at the University of Mexico, living with a host family and joining a Mexican student in the program. She’ll be taking the classes in English and I’ll be doing it in Spanish. It’s open to Grade 11 students in N.S. and is called a ‘Social Justice Program’.”

Martin goes on to say that on her visit to Mexico she fell in love with the countryside and wanted to make an impact by funding the children’s cancer camp in Campeche.

For more information about her project, you can call Martin at (902) 657-2075. She also wants to thank everyone who has bought scarves from her and offered their support to this worthwhile project. She wants to make a difference by funding such a worthy cause.

Scarves will be on sale at her table at the market or by calling her directly.

Ellen Millard is a historian, author and longtime resident of Sand Point, near Tatamagouche. Email her at millards@nncweb.ca.

Organizations: Tatamagouche Food Bank, University of Mexico

Geographic location: Mexico, Tatamagouche, Campeche Jersey Nova Scotia N.S. Sand Point

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