In aid of People Tree’s Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, one of the members of the People Tree London HQ team is doing something spectacular! Read on to find out about Roxy’s efforts.
Having worked on People Tree’s Customer Services team for the past four years, I wanted to make a personal contribution towards People Tree’s fundraising for Kumbeshwar Technical Sc.hool (KTS), our community of hand-knitters in Nepal, who were affected by the recent earthquakes.
Some of my favourite garments to wear have been my KTS hand knitted jumpers, and from many conversations with customers, there is a lot of love shared for our beautiful hand-knits.
So this weekend, August 7th to August 9th, I will be performing stand-up comedy at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A terrifying endeavour for some; a great opportunity to fund raise for Nepal. I have been practicing at every opportunity – including during People Tree’s weekly team meetings – and the entire design team came and supported me at a comedy night in East London. I also performed on an out-side stage, in the shape of a guitar, at Glastonbury festival.
With just two days to go now, my ‘hilarious’ anecdotes and observations seem less funny, but what would make my public over-sharing worthwhile is any further donations that will go directly towards KTS and Fair Trade Group Nepal, and will help rebuild their homes – donations can be made here. You can follow my progress on Twitter (@RoxyRE4).
I have an appreciation for not only how Fair Trade empowers communities, but also how our community of customers appreciates supporting and participating in Fair Trade as a movement and as a tangible way to create positive change. The customer feedback that we have received following the launch of the True Cost documentary is incredibly heartening, and we’re so pleased to be able to offer our supporters, customers and friends the chance to join us for a screening of the movie on the 27th of August, where Safia Minney will be speaking and £4.00 per ticket will be donated to Nepal!
People Tree is also unique because of the way it partners with its producers. It’s a different and important way of doing business, building resilience into the supply chain and lending support, especially when unexpected and tragic circumstances arise – as has happened in Nepal.
We very much appreciate your ongoing support – thank you!
Words by Roxy Rocks-Engleman