The Fairtrade Fashion Show took place last night (Friday 17th May 2019) at the St Martin in the Wood church in Hiltingbury.
Tricia Urquhart, with Heather Dibb and their local network have organised the Fairtrade Fashion Show in recent years. These events have been so successful, and they bring people together.
The new Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Darshan Mann attended the event (and he sat through the whole Fashion Show!). It was one of his first official engagements since his investiture on the 9th of May.
It’s always fun watching local people doing the catwalk – they were relly brave, and really having fun. They showed off the best colours and the best garments from Fairtrade.
Tricia has been engaged with Traidcraft for decades, selling beautiful homeware, clothing, cards, toys, food, and others.
Traidcraft stands for changing people’s lives through fair trade, saving vanishing traditional skills from extinction, and celebrating a world of creativity and culture through quality fair trade products.
Image Consultant: how to look great
This year I was impressed as they also invited an image consultant giving people free style advice about how to dress well. I arrived late due to work so I only caught the last bit when the artisan Kerstin Ochel talked about how to choose the right fabric to fit your body shape.
I later spoke to Kerstin and got some tips as to how to create an illusion so that I look tall! (Note to self: knee-length cropped trousers – a definite no-no.)
Eastleigh Cllr Darshan Mann attended the event
— Eastleigh Borough Council (@EastleighBC) May 9, 2019
This year the Fashion Show had a special guest. The new Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Darshan Mann came to support the Fairtrade event. Cllr Darshan Mann has only recently been invested as the Eastleigh’s Mayor for 2019 – 2020 at the Mayor Making ceremony at the King’s Community Church, Hedge End on the 9th of May, becoming the Borough’s first Sikh Mayor.
Mr Mann told me he was originally from the Punjab region in India. At the age of 14, he came to England with his father. He has already known many people through his work in Asian Welfare & Cultural Association, which includes helping to organise the popular annual Mela Festival in Eastleigh.
This year’s Mayor’s Charity appeal will be in aid of One Community’s Visiting Scheme, the Eastleigh Lions Minibus Appeal, and Eastleigh Borough & Romsey Mencap.
Mr Mann wants to improve the welfare for the older people in our community in particular. He said it’s important to look after those who are lonely and isolated in our society.
It was a truly fun and enjoyable evening at the Fairtrade Fashion Show. Well done for Tricia and all the volunteers for the success of the show.