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caroline and the torch

Last week we gathered round the big telly and watched with pride as our Caroline carried the Olympic Torch at Aysgarth Falls in Yorkshire. Caroline's a Scout leader with the 31st Islington Scouts, which she and her fellow leaders set up from scratch nearly three years ago.

caroline and the olympic torch
A mix-up on the application form meant that Caroline was down as a “mystery” torch bearer, leading the locals to think she might be Kevin Costner returning to the place he filmed Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. If they were disappointed they didn’t show it though, as they turned out in their masses and even managed to lure out the sunshine to cheer her and her fellow torch bearers on. Caroline received the torch from 89 year old Maurice Collett, who's been hugely inspirational to hundreds of young athletes in Kendal, and passed it on to Lucy Gale, winner of a Pride of Britain award for saving the lives of some people involved in a car accident on a level crossing.

caroline with the swaledale mountain rescue team

Caroline and the entire Swaledale Mountain Rescue team (they insisted)

To Caroline and the other 7999 torchbearers out there – thankyou for making us so proud, you're doing a brilliant job.

eat curry, save lives

                              curry for change logo

Last month we blogged about the Innocent Foundation and how we use a portion of our profits to help build sustainable futures for some of the world’s poorest people.

One of the project partners we fund, Find Your Feet, are running a fun initiative throughout June called "Curry for Change".  The aim is to help farmers fight hunger, like those we support in the village of Rahava in Northern India. The simple concept is Eat Curry, Save Lives.

Everyone loves a good curry, so visit the Curry For Change website to see how you can help build a future free from poverty by hosting your own curry night or eating out at an Indian restaurant. Sounds like a fair trade to us.

  curry evening  
Help tackle poverty by hosting your own curry night.

We recently heard from Georgie, a member of the Find your Feet team, who visited Rahava Village to witness the impact of the work being done. She saw how the money used to set up the Vegetable Growers Association (VGA) had helped one lady, Usha, and her family.

  Usha (far left) and her family

Usha said:

"Through the project I have received agricultural training. I am now producing and using organic pesticide and fertiliser which is saving me money and increasing the fertility of my soil. I have also learnt about the importance of multi-cropping. I now plant five crops using this method including traditional crops such as parwal and kundru. I used to have crops for only six months of the year and now I have crops all year round which I can sell. I can now earn as much as 500 rupees (£5.82) a day which is four times as much as I used to make. With this extra money I have been able to build a brick house for my family and send my children to school."

                      VGA vegetable fan
A Vegetable Growers Association supplied van, allowing farmers to transport crops for less.

So go on, poppadom (ahem) down to your nearest supermarket and get your Jalfrezi on. We'd love to hear what you've done to help.

plank-off

Tim wants to get fit for summer so Kirsty challenged him to a plank-off this morning. Kirsty and tim plank-off 1 Kirsty and tim plank-off 3 Kirsty and tim plank-off 2
Give it a try with one of your colleagues today and go home with abs so hard your wife/husband/mum will be able to bounce satsumas off them.