World Vegan Day Animal Lover’s Fayre – 1/11/09,

November 5, 2009

Fayre Mascot - WinnieFayre Mascot - Kyle WORLD VEGAN DAY

ANIMAL LOVER’S FAYRE 2009

Animal Lover's Fayre Flyer

On Sunday the shoestringvegan and a big handful of trusty volunteers braved the awful weather in Glasgow, and trudged along to Stereo’s basement to hold the Animal Lover’s Fayre. After working hard to set up the various stalls before 12am, a fantastic and fun-filled afternoon of chatting, information-gathering/exchanging and cake scoffing was had by all! Despite the poor weather I was very pleased at the turnout – we still had quite a lot of visitors to the Fayre, who seemed to enjoy and get quite a lot out of the experience.

There were six groups holding stalls all in all: The Vegan Society, Scottish Vegans, The Vegan Society of the University of Glasgow – VSUG, The Glasgow Vegan Meetup Group – GVMG (organisers of the Fayre), Scotland for Animals and The Dogs Trust.

Scottish Vegans had scrumptious baking on offer for visitors and volunteers alike, and went down very well! GVMG had 2 competitions (guess the number of vegan sweets in the jar, and guess the birthdays of the vegan mascots), a tombola to support Hillside Animal Sanctuary, raffle tickets and purple poppies to raise funds for Animal Aid, a charity jumble sale to raise money for the 2 charities mentioned, and an art/craft stall (watch this space – Compassionate Art & Crafts coming to this blog soon!).

Scottish Vegans raised about £30 for VegFam with their delicious stall – well done! The Vegan Society also did tremendously well, and raised £118. Also, the event helped to raise £31.03 for Animal Aid, £32.18 for Hillside Animal Sanctuary, and just under £30 for GVMG, which will help cover some of the expenses for meetup membership costs, the cost of tombola and competition prizes and costs of flyer, leaflet and GVMG badge production.  If only the weather had been better, we may have raised more for charity, however given the weather, etc. we did very well and it was a very enjoyable day! There were a lot of leftover jumble sale items (4 bin bags!) which have been donated to the PDSA, so they will still help animals in need. Thank you for all jumble sale contributions 🙂

There were films shown throughout the afternoon (Miss Potter, Eat This! [An Animal Aid film] and Planetary Emergency [by suprememastertv]), and plenty of leaflets for other animal welfare groups were available for people to take away, including leaflets promoting Edinburgh group BunnyHuggers and the annual global event World Farm Animals Day.

After packing up at the end of the Fayre, the volunteers got together upstairs in Stereo to enjoy a half price vegan feast: the perfect end to an afternoon of action for a good cause on a day very meaningful in the world of veganism. Here’s to more events like this in the future, both in Scotland and around the world, not just on World Vegan Day but throughout the year.

As Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”


(see gallery of the event at the bottom of the page!)

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PS. I have some exciting information about the competitions below!

GUESS THE NUMBER OF VEGAN SWEETS IN THE JAR:

The lucky winner taking home a jar full of vegan goodies is Sylvia – well done! There were 264 sweets in the jar, and Sylvia guessed closest with 276. A very close second place for Leanne, who guessed 250 sweets.

GUESS THE BIRTHDAYS OF THE VEGAN MASCOTS:

Golden Retriever Mum and Pup:

Their birthday was the 27th October (they share the same birthday!). The closest guess was made for the 22nd October by Caroline – well done!

Black Labrador Pup:

This pup’s birthday is the 13th of July. Carlin was closest with July 21st, and will be giving this little critter a new home soon!

Lamb:

The baby sheep has a birthday on the 4th February. No one guessed any birthdays for February at all (one guess was made at the start of January and one mid-March), so as no one was close I thought it best for GVMG to hold on to this little sheep until the next Fayre and see if he can find a new home/help raise some more funds for charity then!