FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We know you've got some questions! And quite rightly so!
You'll probably find the answers below - but if there is some other burning question that you have, please do contact us - we'll be happy to discuss how we can collaborate in your community to make a difference.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SILK RAGS PROJECT HOSTING EVENT
1. Do I have to host a group event or can I just purchase an individual pack?
You do NOT have to host a group event. Our trials revealed that it was much more of an educational experience though. Instead, you can purchase an individual pack from our online SHOP.
2. I'm interested in hosting a Silk Rags Project Group event. How should I proceed?
Thank you for your interest! It's quite simple.
1. Find a minimum of 5 additional friends who you think would be interested.
2. Send them the link to this website and ask if they would like to read aloud, listen and learn together.
3. Let them know that each participant will pay $50 for the experience BUT they also receive:
A paperback copy of the script.
A CD or digital download of the soundtrack with 12 page lyric and artwork booklet. *Ask if they would like the CD or digital download card as you will need this information upon purchase.
A printed educational handout 'Not Sure What to Say?' as developed with Griffith University.
A self reflection questionnaire.
Knowledge that 50% of our profits from their payment will be donated to The Australian Cancer Research Foundation.
For each full Host@Home Kit costing $300, we donate $112.56
For each individual pack costing $50, we donate $19.03
4. Decide on a date for your event.
5. Collect $50 from each participant or get an undertaking from them to pay you back.
6. Purchase a Group 'Host@Home Kit' for $300 from the SHOP on this website.
7. When you purchase a hosting kit online, you have to indicate:
which hosting month you intend to have your fundraising event
how many CDs or Digital Download cards of the soundtrack you require
Your package will be despatched to you approx. 2 weeks before your event.
8. An email containing event hosting preparation tips will be sent to you upon receipt of your online order.
3. When can I host 'The Host@Home Experience' and how long will it take for my hosting kit to arrive?
You can host 'The Host@Home Experience' anytime you like! When you order, we ask you to designate the month that your experience will occur, so that we can get your hosting kit to you in time. We ask for a minimum of 3 weeks notice though in case our stocks are running a bit low.
We are a very small team at The Silk Rags Project so your patience is appreciated.
4. What is contained in the 'Host@Home' experience kit?
You can purchase either the Full 'Host@Home' for Groups kit or an Individual Kit.
The Full 'Host@Home' for Groups Kit is as follows:
You need a minimum of 6 participants - so that each person can read out a character.
When you purchase a 'Host@Home' Group Kit, you will receive:
6 x paperback scripts (48 pages)
6 x original soundtrack CD's or digital download cards including 12 page lyric and art booklet (ask your participants which they wish to have - we can mix and match)
6x colour educational handouts 'Not Sure What to Say?' as developed with Griffith University
6 x self reflection questionnaires which we ask you to send back to us (stamped addressed envelope is included)
Tips for making the event successful and hosting instructions
Advice from us if required by email and telephone
If you have more than 6 participants coming along, you can purchase additional individual packs for the sum of $50 from our SHOP.
The Individual 'Host@Home Kit is for you to read alone at home. You will receive:
1 x paperback script (48 pages)
1 x original soundtrack CD or digital download card including 12 page lyric and art booklet
1 x colour educational handout 'Not Sure What to Say?' as developed with Griffith University
5. How much is the 'Host@Home' experience Hosting Kit and how much do you donate to Cancer Research?
The full group 'Host@Home' experience kit costs $300 plus postage and packing and currently is only available in Australia and New Zealand.
The individual 'Host@Home' experience kit costs $50 plus postage and packing and currently is only available in Australia and New Zealand.
When you purchase a hosting kit, we donate 50% of our profits from your purchase to The Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) by whom we are authorised to support. The remaining 50% that we receive covers our script and CD printing, administration, marketing and website costs. This means that:
For each full group Host@Home Kit costing $300, we donate $112.56
For each individual pack costing $50, we donate $19.03
6. Can we share the love of this project?
Yes - and please do! And we thank you very much for doing so.
At the end of the reading and listening experience, each participant will complete the self reflection contained in the hosting kit. This will enable each participant to think about what they have learnt from the project script and songs.
There will also be a post-event online questionnaire which we will send the host, so that we can gather feedback and also streamline our processes if we need to.
7. What else can we do to make our 'Host@Home' Group event a success?
When you purchase the hosting kit, we include tips on this very subject via email so that you can prepare.
Previous hosting events have included BYO afternoon tea, lunch or cocktail and canapés. How about a picnic outside?
You could also visit local business to donate for a raffle prize/auction to encourage participation and increase donations. Let us know if a business does this and we will gladly give them some publicity on our website and social media pages.
If you raise any additional funds, you can donate directly to The Australian Cancer Research Foundation via their website - there will be an option to click 'The Silk Rags Project' button. Full instructions to do this will be on your hosting instructions.
8. Why aren't the resources available for digital download instead of physical products?
Our trial events revealed that participants prefer the actual physical script to read from and make notes on. Similarly, the soundtrack CD features a 12 page lyric and artwork booklet which participants like to read and sing along to - although you can choose to receive a digital download of the soundtrack instead of the CD.
Our participants stated that they felt they were getting a full experience by purchasing physical products which enhanced their engagement and understanding of the issues highlighted.
The downside of digitalisation: By enabling digital downloads, we could be enabling the unauthorised copying - which ultimately affects our copyright AND the percentage of profits that we donate to The Australian Cancer Research Foundation.
In 2023, we will look at the digitalisation and purchase of our products, but this may significantly increase our website overheads and reduce the percentage of profits that we are able to donate.
9. Why can't I purchase the script and music separately?
The Silk Rags Project is an entertaining and educational experience. The music fits perfectly in between each scene from Character 'One's' perspective.
10. I don't live in Australia or New Zealand. Can I still host a 'Group Host@Home event?
Not at the moment BUT we'd love to hear from you! Our intention is to allow the whole world to be entertained and educated about communication challenges during diagnosis and treatments.
We realise that your participants may want to donate to a cancer research charity within their own country. Please do contact us because we are currently researching such charities and would like to be endorsed by them. Let's do it!