Primate welfare and conservation charity, Wild Futures relies heavily on the support and good-will of people to raise funds. As a way of saying thank you, every year Wild Futures hosts a Supporter’s Day, at their flagship project, The Monkey Sanctuary in Looe, Cornwall. The day involves a free lunch, talks and tours around the site to see the rescued monkeys, games, information about the charity, and a special thank you from the director, Rachel Hevesi.
I have come back from South Africa, from a profound working experience piloting my project ‘Let’sMove’ in Durban and Rural Ingwavuma in KwaZulu-Natal.
MY BEST STORY THAT SHOWS THE OUTCOME OF PROJECT LETS MOVE
A boy, 6 years old (but the socio-emotional development of a 4-year-old compared to where we are from the west). When I first met him he was angry, impatient, unfocussed and wild. Hitting other children, hardly using language, screaming if he wanted something or pointing. After 2 days I saw a big change in him, he was more calm and focussed, I got his attention. After 4 days he started helping the younger and smaller children in his class and when he learnt something new he would show them. After 6 days he was showing affection. After 2 weeks he started to use correct language, asking for things and saying thank you. After 2 weeks he came running with pictures, letters, anything he could find and asking me what it was all named in English and he would teach me the Zulu words. After 7 weeks (and this amazed me), he showed HE wanted affection. He would stand very still in front of me. Then all of a sudden jump in my lap and wanted to be cradled like a baby and I had to rub his hair and tummy. He let this happen for a good 5 minutes when he jumped off and went gently to a little girl (who shows all the signs of being abused), looked at her, she gave non-verbal permission) and picked her up to give her such a genuine, honest and gentle cuddle.
On behalf of Balerno Fairtrade Village Group, I wanted to write to thank you for Vegware’s very generous support of our annual Fairtrade event which this year was on 5 March 2016. The Big Balerno Fairtrade Breakfast, craft and coffee morning was very well attended and although it was intended primarily to raise awareness of Fairtrade initiatives and fairly traded products, with your help, we have been able to raise £550 which will be shared between Mary’s Meals and the Manzini Trust (Swaziland), founders of a long-established project with street children and producers called Eswatini Kitchen.
Indonesian Food Festival 2016 was successfully held in Teviot Debating Hall, University of Edinburgh considering time and budget constrained faced during the preparation. We have attracted 280 people, both students and families with children living in Edinburgh. We have introduced various dishes of Indonesia, as well as performed Indonesia traditional Saman dance and medley of folklore songs.
Dig In is a community-owned and supported, not-for-profit greengrocer in Edinburgh who supply locally-sourced produce and foster community spirit. Recently they held an event, Soup Saturday, where Vegware were pleased to be able to donate cups for soup samples to be given out to warm freezing hands on a cold February morning in Scotland.
Thanks you to the Vegware Community Fund for supporting our Crisis at Chriatmas event with a generours donation of plates, bowls and cutlery. At the event we welcomed 347 individual guests over Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s Days, many of whom came along on more than one day. There were 890 hot meals served and volunteers enabled guests to enjoy 114 haircuts, 47 massages, 82 podiatry, 34 physiotherapy, 26 natural healing treatments. Lots of guests enjoyed a range of performances, playing board games and doing arts activities and workshops.
Matteo is facing the challenge of rowing from the Canary Isles to Antigua, completely unassisted and 100% self-sufficient to raise much needed funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and Associazione Italiana per la Lotta al Neuroblastoma. He has taken supplies with him to last 100 days, and as he will be rowing 14-18 hours each day, he must consume 6000-8000 calories so there is a lot to pack. Vegware’s Community Fund has provided all the packaging Matteo will need to make up his daily ration bags in the most environmentally conscious way possible. In exchange for this donation, Matteo has even offered to put our name on his boat … a first for Vegware!
We just received the following update on Matteo’s trip so far …
Thanks Vegware for sending some cups for our event recently recreating one of our “Child Friendly Spaces” in Iraq! We poured gallons of mint tea (well, 150x 4oz at least) and the event was great- we transported visitors to Iraq for the day.
See attached some pictures of cups eagerly awaiting their day out, and an enthusiastic pair of tea drinkers!
Vegware supported the Balerno Village Trust’s ‘apple day’ at their Farmers Market on the 14th of Nov. They had a community apple collection and apple press with Vegware providing some clear cups or the event.
Edinburgh Soup is a live crowd-funding night to help community groups and social entrepreneurs to raise money, taking place quarterly at Assembly Roxy.
At each soup night, guests make a minimum donation of £5. They get a bowl of soup and live music from local bands. But in between all that, three or four projects pitch their ideas to the audience. At the end of the night all the guests vote for the project/idea they like best and the winner gets the pot of money.
Soup only works if we can get everything free, so that all the entrance money goes to the projects. Union of Genius are kindly donating the soup, and Vegware the bowls and spoons, the bands are playing for free and Assembly have let us have the venue for free.