Friday, October 17, 2008

Stand up against Poverty, Then sit down to enjoy wine

Two opportunities for me today to take part in the Stand Up Against Poverty campaign - an effort to get a record number of people to stand up and be counted. First of all, I was in Stockton at 1 so could join the mayor, council staff and a handful of councillors outside Municipal Buildings. Then this evening at the Fairtrade Wine tasting, we did it again. Everyone stood while the Mayor read the declaration. After which we sat down and enjoyed trying out some Fairtrade wines.
The evening was a great success - over 50 people tried 6 different wines. Everyone seemed to find at least one they liked, and some enjoyed all 6! The prize was eventually won by the team which included the mayor but I don't know if that's a reflection on his wine knowledge or the people he chose to sit with! There was a mix of people from different ages, different backgrounds and different parts of the Borough all having a fun evening. I'm sure we'll have to do it again. I can't close without mentioning that it wouldn't have been possible without generous sponsorship from Sainsbury's at Whitehouse Farm and the North East Co-op. Both organisations are big supporters of the Fairtrade movement and well worth supporting.

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