Crafty Charity Calendar Challenge to Celebrate World OT Day

Well Hello on this warm Summery October’s Eve!!

I have some very crafty friends and, inspired by them, I have just decided to set all my blogging readers a challenge to help me celebrate World OT Day (World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)) which is 27th October 2011.

I would love everyone, OTs, writers, friends, bloggers etc to join in please – I will too.

The challenge is this:

1. To design an ATC that celebrates an aspect of Occupational Therapy.

If you don’t know what an ATC is please see my good friend Catherine’s blog post on ATCs (you can see some fantastic examples of ATCs on her blog too – Catherine hoping you take part – hint hint).

If you aren’t too sure what Occupational Therapy is check out my earlier blog post or any of the blog links under the Occupational Therapy category.

2. Once you have done this take as high a resolution photo as possible of your ATC and put it on your blog or on Twitpic or similar if you don’t have a blog (Please don’t use any Copyrighted images on your ATC otherwise we won’t be able to use them for the Calendar – see below)

3. Then comment on this post (I will add my ATC at the top when it has been completed) adding in the URL for your blog post as ‘your website’ so that when people click on your name they get taken to your post. Please do this by the end of 26th October 2011.

4. If we get enough of them my plan is for everyone to vote for the top 12 and to create an OT 2012 calendar to sell for charity (The top 12 will be featured pictures to be used on the front cover and 1 for each month of the year though I hope to use as many pictures as you are happy to let me to have around the featured pics).

I would be wanting to support the Friends of Forest Holme local charity who have been supporting my Auntie through her battle with cancer and who do fantastic work in our local community.

Please do consider joining in – let me know below if you plan to and please spread the word.



(Please note that this activity is not currently endorsed by WFOT or Friends of Forest Holme but I am seeking their permission to use their logos on the Calendar – Update – I have permission from both to use their logos on the finished product and if the calendar goes into production I will sign a fundraising deed with the charity).

Here is my completed ATC (I need to take a better picture for the actual calendar) – check out the links in the comments below too and don’t forget to link to yours below & tell me if you plan to make one. I’ve received a couple of pictures via Twitter that hopefully will be added here in due course.

Posted on October 1, 2011, in Kirsty rambles on about life, the universe, tv, and everything!, Occupational Therapy. Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Ooh, how fab. May well have a go, if slightly daunted as this would be my first ATC 🙂 xx

  2. Oh wow, what a fantastic idea! I guess I’m going to have to take part now!

  3. ATCs can be either portrait or landscape.

  4. Hi Kirsty, brilliant idea – I love it! So much so that I’ve erm… sort of already made one… Think I might have a go making another so won’t upload just yet. My first attempt was about OT in general so think I’ll need to try one that’s about one aspect. Anyway – thanks for the inspiration!

    • That’s fantastic. I need to come up with an idea for mine too.
      If you are happy with both link to both of them, the more the merrier. Have a feeling I may need to limit you at 3?
      How did you find working with such a small space?

  5. Sounds like a fantastic idea – If I can come up with an idea I’ll be making one, so far all I know is what I would use but i’ll get my thinking cap on!

  6. Kirsty – yes I think you may need to put a limit on for me! 😉 When do you want us to start linking?

    I’m used to working with about 7-8 more inches of space so definitely challenging but it was fun! *Just* managed to get what I wanted on. (and it took less time than I usually spend on a layout!)

  7. Well here’s the first!

  8. I’m off next week so I’ll do my best to get one done.Once I’ve jogged my memory re OT-last experience was during nurse training in the 80s!

  9. Here’s my ATC.Hope you like it. These stamps just called to me and seemed to fit exactly what I wanted!Can’t wait to see al the others.

  10. Here are three submissions from Your Therapy Source. Hope you like them!

  11. Thanks these are great. Love the use of hands and the me (age undisclosed) made me giggle. Great job guys.

  12. Thanks Cath, it was your ATCs that inspired me.

    So glad you feel you’ve learnt lots about OT in the process – it’s weird isn’t it that we don’t often fully talk about what our job entails to our friends.

    Thanks for the kind comments and the brilliant ATC.

  13. I have overcome my ATC nerves and made 2 ATCs! Darn you for starting a new crafting addiction!! I reserve the right to blame you *everytime* I buy crafting materials for the next millenium!

    • Shooting stars and caterpillar to butterfly – perfect symbols for what OTs aim to do.
      Appreciate you furthering your crafting addiction for my benefit (and considering your upcoming plans).

      Really happy with all the responses – thanks guys and if you are reading this and haven’t entered – keep them coming.

  14. They are all great folks… If i get a chance I will try it out… but as I am only just moved in to new house and still have a lot of shopping to get done I am not hopeful that I will have time before Wednesday!!!!

    But great to see these you are all very crafty indeed!

  15. Hi all

    Happy to extend this for a few days if more of you want to get involved – if so drop me a comment here. If not I hope you come back and buy a copy of the calendar later on down the line.


  16. I need to do another too. I will be using all I’ve been given. Feel free to do another, I am happy to extend until next weekend because I won’t really be able to do anything with them until then anyway. Thanks.

  17. Next weekend sounds good, I’ve spent the majority of this weekend on restorative occupations and never got round to the ATCs!

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