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Worcester Roots are taking part in a world record attempt Firewalk and would like anyone interested to sponsor us for our charity!
Volunteers are joining many others at Top Barn Activity Centre in Holt Hearth Worcester on Saturday 1st September, in an effort to try and set a new world record for most people firewalking at one event.
Roots are involved to help raise money for environmental causes in the coming months. If anyone is interested to sponsor us please text ROOT11 to 70070, plus the amount you wish to give. Via Just Giving - we will then have your support!
Any sponsorship to Roots will go towards helping young people involved with the charity and the Worcestershire area, with an emphasis on green campaigns.
The Firewalk attempt is part of a family fun day from 2pm-8pm and includes many activities such as wall climbing, human football, treeless ropes course, fayre stalls, and food and drink. It is hosted by The Joanna Brown Trust, a local charity aimed at encouraging involvement in sport.
We recommend anyone interested in the event to come on down and help support a good cause whilst having a great day out!
Tickets for participation in the firewalk are £25 and entrants must be over 14 years of age. For more information regarding the fun day and firewalk please visithttp://www.thejoannabrowntrust.org/
On the 2nd of August, Worcester MP Robin Walker came to have a ‘chat’ with The Wombles about our exciting Future Generations campaign! However, as revealed by the exasperated red faces as he left the room, this soon descended into an infuriating heated debate… if not a fully fledged argument.
The Future Gen’s campaign proposes that a new post should be formed in parliament for a minister specifically focused on reviewing all new bills in relation to their impact on future generations, as is currently the case in Hungary. Bill’s implications are assessed, be it with regards to environmental degradation and resource use, or in relation to other direct effects on today’s young people who, with the voting age at 18, are currently not properly represented in the UK political system.
Although showing some initial enthusiasm about our work in this area (acknowledged sceptically by the young people) Walker characteristically went on to express doubts as to the adequacy of depth in our campaign plans, stating that it was unlikely to be met willingly by other politicians. He continued by raising concerns about whether our proposed parliamentary position would coincide with a democratic system, arguing that it would be hard to devise a fair election process for such a potentially powerful individual in parliament.
Uproar was triggered amongst the young people, with blatant feelings of dissatisfaction and even alienation surrounding our current political system coming to the fore. Other issues came flooding out, from the lack of youth volunteering funding along with high youth unemployment and the controversial Welfare to Work scheme, to the government’s inadequate support for renewable energy and tackling climate change. They successfully highlighted the massive problem of short termism in parliament, emphasising the necessity of the Commissioner for Future Generations.
Walker was left with little room for manoeuvre, and departed expressing his willingness to take our campaign forward, coupled with his commitment to the importance of volunteering as part of the Big Society. From our eyes the debate was largely a success, and his final words were positive, but the big question remains… will they be followed up with action? Or will the encounter merely perpetuate our high levels of dissatisfaction with a political system that appears to rely so heavily on rhetoric, not followed through with physical actions in the real world outside of Westminster?
Worcester Roots are keen to help promote anything that can help sustain the environment and its inhabitants, which is why we’re sharing the below Bee preservation raffle from Soil Association! All details are below and on the links, get involved and help a cause – giving yourself a chance at a great prize in the process!
Bees are in trouble – their populations have been declining at an alarming rate in recent years. Neonicotinoid pesticides have been linked to this dramatic decline which is why we’d like to see them banned in the UK. All proceeds from the raffle will support the campaign for bee-friendly organic farming.
Tickets cost £2 each and are available in sheets of 5. Draw closes 31 August 2012.Terms and conditions apply.
Please visit the Soil Association Website to buy tickets and get involved.
Win one of six incredible prizes!
First prize: a week’s holiday and organic hamper courtesy of Herbfarmacy Organic Skincare plus £1000 cash.
Second prize: a two night break and cookery course at the Cookery School, Daylesford
Third prize: £200 and a weekend break for two courtesy of Abaca
Fourth prize: £400 cash courtesy of Southern Solar
Fifth prize: a £250 shopping spree with Seasalt clothing
Sixth prize: a magnum of champagne courtesy of Vintage Roots
Find out more on these prizes here.