Life is a Hat Party online event this weekend
31 March to
2 April 2017
to raise funds for
Brain Tumour Research
Chapeau Claudette of @Lifeisahatparty is revisiting The Old Spitalfields Market, a craft market, and the neighborhood of her Workshop Shop in East London this Friday, March 31st, 2017. She will be selling hats, fascinators and DIY hat kits to raise awareness and raise vital funds for Brain Tumour Research initiative ‘Wear a Hat Day’.
EE has sponsored Internet data so that @LifeisaHATparty can stream her event before and after Wear A Hat Day. Livestreaming on the Periscope app has enriched hers and many other broadcaster’s lives.
Chapeau Claudette is asking more than 100 broadcasters with over 500 Twitter followers to Retweet
The hashtags #Hattastic #WearAHatDay and #closertoacure and to post themselves in a hat to help bring attention to the fact that:
“Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer … yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. This is unacceptable! I felt we had to do something to make a difference.”
“A brain tumour diagnosis is a terrible blow to the patient, their family and friends and I am proud to help fund the fight against this disease which takes children from their parents and parents from their children before their time.
Periscope is a global community and brain tumours affects people all over the world. Please see the list of global Charities and organizations that help people with this illness.
To find out more contact me @LifeisaHatParty on Instagram and Twitter To make a donation visit
or research your local charities.
Carol Robertson, Head of Community Fundraising for Brain Tumour Research, said: “We are extremely grateful to Chapeau Claudette, and wish her all the best for a successful event. We hope as many people as possible will support her endeavour. or even consider holding their own events, helping us to spread the word about this terrible disease. ”
Brain Tumour Research helps fund an annual £1 million programme of research at its Centre of Excellence at the University of Portsmouth. Further partnerships announced last year with Plymouth University, Queen Mary University of London, and Imperial College pave the way for a £20 million investment in brain tumour research over the next five years.
For more information visit www.braintumourresearch.org or call 01908 867200.
Wear A Hat Day This Friday 31st March 2017
by Chapeau Claudette March 30, 2017
I am moving!!! I am sorting through all my worldly hat possessions and giving some away to charity.
I have decided to spend the latter part of my career producing The Benji Hat, first created by a teenage Kenyan student, Benji, who attended the Life is a Hat Party workshop in December 2015. In February 2015, a charity Friends of Shangilia of Lund Sweden asked my filmmaker friend and I if we would teach six young teenagers (13–15 years of age) how to use video to tell their life stories and teach them how to make hats. These children, most of whom had been previously homeless street children since infancy, were now thriving at the Tumshangilieni Mtoto/Shangilia, a children’s home-school-theater in Nairobi, Kenya. The home was founded in 1994 by the actress Anne Wanjugu.
Ms. Wanjugu introduced the children to theatre to help them deal with their previous traumas. The children have the opportunity to learn singing, dancing, music, drama, acrobatics. There is also a choir and a brass band. To be honest I was feeling apprehensive. I was unsure if I could teach them anything of value as, before I agreed to do the workshop, the videos of these children showed that they were resilient and happy and I did not want to be the typical Westerner who was going to ‘teach’ them ‘something.’ I was actually more motivated to support my friend, a filmmaker, in giving the children the video skills they would need to enable them to share their own stories via video as I was so impressed with Periscope and Youtube, at the time.
Anne Carlsvi, the founder of FoS Lund and the sponsor, insisted and my friend showed patience. After some research, I realised that my professional life experiences and the origin of the art of braiding hair would be the tools I could use to respect the rich culture of the children’s heritage, as I could show them that both European and American culture are still influenced by African culture. I wanted to inspire them to explore their natural talents.
In a video that I viewed, I remember one little girl saying that she wanted to be a banker when she grew up. Alarm bells went off in my head: I know how technology is making many professions obsolete and I felt quite adamant that I did not want to teach them something that would not be relevant once they grew up, “absolutely not.”
“Testing 1 2 3 Testing.” I am now using voice typing to try to recover what I wrote (technical failure) as it made me emotional. I hope that I remember the text that was blurred by my tears which shares why I am revisiting The Old Spitalfields Market, a craft market, and the neighborhood of my Workshop Shop in London this Friday, March 31st, 2017. I will be there selling hats, fascinators and DIY hat kits to raise awareness and raise funds for the Brain Tumour Research initiative ‘Wear a Hat Day’. I will be live-streaming during the day, on Periscope, Instragram Live and Facebook Live thanks to a gift from EE, who added 5GB to my mobile data plan.
Tweet me a hat selfie Please use #hattastic #WearAHatDay and #closertoacure
On this day, also, I would like to take the opportunity to officially share the Benji Hat. This hat embodies what it means to give back. Benji created this hat whilst working for the very first time with one of my favorite materials, crinoline. I was so impressed by the design that I asked him the following day if he could repeat the hat design. With the focus of the straightest arrow despite his classmates joking and movement around the classroom, Benji managed to reconstruct the hat with only a little help from me. It revealed exactly what I had suspected: it is I who had learnt from Benji and his classmates. Please watch the video attached. Benji is so grateful for all of the opportunities that these charities gave him. He and the other students honored the opportunity to explore their talents using all the tools that I and Ewan Bush, my friend and filmmaker, taught them. They inspired me to re-evaluate why I make hats and how I could give back.
This Sunday April 2nd 2017, in honour of the birthdate of Marvin Gaye, I am so very honored to be answering the question that Marvin Gaye and his co-writers asked in the song Save the Children from 1971. Who really cares, to save a world in despair?
Who really cares? I do. I will be live streaming the launch of the Benji hat. I am embracing Sharity knowing that, when I share the loose change that I might use for a much-needed espresso to keep me working through the day and night or to keep me at my sewing, I will now share this small amount to help a child. This very knowledge gives me more than enough energy to continue putting in the extra hours and to keep sewing hand-made hats. I am honouring my gift by doing. No, I did not study how to make hats; I just could and found that I loved it and I’m grateful I can. I look forward to producing this “Hat that gives back” for the following reasons:
Hats have a rich history of symbolism and I want this hat to give recognition to the owner that supported this Sharity initiative. I was inspired by a Ted Talk by this story of how one person can make a difference in several people’s life.
I want to create a ripple effect in any direction to make a statement that one does not have to be well off to give back, but that a willingness to think outside of the box and to be grateful is all that is needed to share what you have.
Live-streaming is changing our interaction with each other and has changed charity work also. I will be asking fellow Periscopers if there is a charity or child that they would like to help and if they will share “LIVE” the experience of giving back.
Last but certainly not least, I want this hat to be a testament to the fact that it is not only children from so-called Third world countries that need charity but that they are just as capable, sometimes even more so, of solving the problems of this world, as the so-called first world countries move away from an organic way of life.
My ultimate goal is for the hat to be recognized as the hat that Benji created by hand and that it has meant children worldwide and from all walks of life have been helped.
So please join me this Friday, March 31st online by wearing a hat on Wear A Hat Day, taking selfies, tweeting and broadcasting using the hashtag #Hattastic and witness how hats can start to change lives worldwide.
By the way, I am moving to Periscopeland.