Saturday, 10 July 2010

The Start of Summer....

So I thought things would calm down a bit after exams, this didn't happen! 

Since my last post on May 26th I have been relatively busy, Exams finished, lots of celebrations were held, I attended the first meeting with the Campaigner Advisory Group at the Fairtrade Foundation, I attended Beach Break Live with Action Aids campain 'Bollocks to Poverty', I have been busy working with the Basingstoke and Deane Fairtrade Steering Group, I had my last session with My SI and wrote my project proposal for My Social Innovation.

The meeting with the Campaigner Advisory Group was a really informative day, (I arrived at the Fairtrade offices about an hour early because I was so nervous about being late), the offices were brilliant, (we were shown around after the meeting) and the staff were lovely and really welcoming. During the day we covered a lot of ground, and at times I felt like I was out of my depth, but it was encouraging to talk to everyone about their experiences and their journey with Fairtrade. I learnt a lot and it was great to meet everyone in the Group. I am now looking forward to the work that I will do with the group in the future even more. 

Beach Break Live with the Bollocks to Poverty Campaign team, WHAT an experience, we left the sunny Action Aid offices in London and embarked on a long coach journey to Pembrey Country Park in Wales, arriving to pitch our tents JUST as it starts to chuck it down with rain! However it turned out that that would be the last of the rain for the whole week, so it was definitely worth it! A week camping with 17,500 other students ... Sun, Music and Campaigning, right by the beach, activities galore. It was incredible. I met some amazing people, together we signed up over 2000 people to the No More Hunger campaign, taking photos of festival goers dressed as rock stars in front of our specially designed NMH Magazine front covers, holding up a hunger headline. The enthusiasm was incredible, and the BTP tent was popular day and night! A chill out tent with bean bags and giant games of connect four and jenga, which turned into a dance tent in the evening with our own dj sets. The end of the week came around quickly and noone wanted to leave!

Basingstoke and Deane Fairtrade Group are working hard towards their application for Fairtrade Borough status. We are now on Facebook : 

and are also working hard to set up a website!!! keep an eye out!

My 'My Social Innovation Project' now has a name!!! 'Closing the GAP (Globally Aware People)' I have written up the proposal for it, struggling at times, but hopefully it is ok!!! There could also be an opportunity to attend the International Caux Conference with MySI's help, so everything is crossed that this goes ahead and I am able to go! 

That is all from me for now,

My Fair Lady xxx

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