Tuesday, January 25, 2011

ST, a Freedom Rally, and Fair Trade Mission

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that Scarlet Threads was going to participate in a Human Trafficking Awareness Convention in Orlando! Well, the event was a success.

Here to introduce it is Fair Trade Mission, our newest Scarlet Threads retailer! They support many other fair trade artisan groups from around the world, so jump on over to their website to take a look. Their goal is to make it easy for normal people to make a huge impact in the lives of farmers and artisans around the world!

Here is Leah, the founder, to tell you about the event in her own words.

Fair Trade Mission was thrilled to take part in Orlando’s 3rd annual Freedom Rally on Sunday Jan 16. This year I’m told it was bigger and better than ever. Being a relative newby to the issues of human trafficking and yes, labor trafficking this was my first rally. So I have nothing with which to compare it. The disclaimer out of the way, now I can say that it far exceeded my expectations. You can see me here modeling the too cute “Aubergine” apron from Scarlet Threads. But more about that later. First let me tell you about the Rally.

The event took place at Lake Eola Park making use of the bandshell for music, skits, testimonials, speeches and prayers. The weather cooperated and it was a perfect day to enjoy a stroll around the lake. It was thrilling to see so many people come out to learn more about human trafficking. We loaded people up with a lot of information, gave out fair trade coffee, hot chocolate and chocolate bar samples and met countless new friends. Some folks seemed surprised that fair trade products have such a high level of quality. I’m not sure why that is, but I’m very glad to have a hand in changing their minds.

My friend Diana Scimone of Born To Fly International spoke briefly about how she got involved in stopping child trafficking. If you ever get the chance, ask Diana about the picture that changed her life. Your life will be changed too.

Now let’s get back to that apron. Scarlet Threads is a new (to us) company that we are very excited to be working with. They genrously donated one of their “Kyra” aprons to be given away as a door prize. Thank You! They are helping poor women who happen to be fine seemstresses in a Chinese village to support their families and gain independence by sewing- aprons and little girls dresses mostly. A portion of the profits are reinvested into their community. You can read more about Scarlet Threads at their website Scarletthreads.org. I got so many compliments on this apron that I know our new line from Scarlet Threads will be much in demand. I can’t wait to see the new items they come up with this year.

The Freedom Rally was a big success. Who knew that creating awareness for the serious subject of human trafficking could be so enjoyable?

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