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Fairtrade wine and chocolate tasting - in aid of Trading Visions charity
Thu 23 March 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT
6 Fairtrade wines. 6+ flavours of Divine Fairtrade chocolate.
Two of life's pleasures, paired together. For a good cause.
I will be running the London Marathon in April, raising funds for Trading Visions charity. As part of my fundraising efforts, I have got together with Divine Chocolate to organise a special evening of wine and chocolate tasting.
Thu 23 March
6pm, for 6.30pm start, at Art4Space (five minutes walk from Stockwell tube station)
Join me and a special Divine guest as we work our way through sampling a range of Fairtrade wines and chocolate, finding out what pairs well together. The evening will be part tutored tasting; part more informal chance to try the products, and learn a bit more about the stories behind them.
There'll also be an opportunity to enter a raffle to win a selection of Fairtrade goodies.
We're also providing some savoury snacks too, to keep any hunger pangs at bay!
Buy your tickets in advance to guarantee entry. Wine and chocolate are by their nature popular and we don't want you to miss out by arriving only to find we are already at capacity.
NB if you can't attend, but still would like to give a donation, you can do so here. Thanks.
Trading Visions facilitates UK and Ghanaian schoolchildren to better understand each other's lives and the impact trade has, and what difference a fairer trade system might have. It amplifies the voice of small-scale producers. And the charity also directly supports initiatives which improve the education of the children of cocoa farmers.
Where your money will go:
Besease Primary School is a rural school deep in the cocoa growing belt of western Ghana. Trading Visions ran a child rights project over the last three years that included students from this school. A recent literacy assessment at the school revealed very poor reading and writing abilities at the school, particularly among the younger students. Furthermore, the school has almost no text books or exercise books, and the teachers have no access to training.
I am fundraising to provide training to the school's teachers in using phonics and to provide the resources to deliver tailored phonics tests and assess and track each child’s progress. The results would be shared with regional education officials, to help encourage their support of the school and so they can assess how the project could be replicated elsewhere.
£1000 would deliver this project over the next three years. The focus will be on bringing 6-9 year olds at the school up to age-appropriate literacy levels. The aim would be to raise the proportion of 9 year olds completing their school year as fluent readers from 0% to 40%. Trading Visions hopes to roll out the programme to other schools in the same district in the future.