Shopping…for a good cause

Shopping … for a good cause

By Jiselle Simpson, Director of Chilled Kids

As a woman with my own business, I’ve had wonderful support. As well as family and friends helping me every step of the way, I’ve met great people through business (like the guys here at Ginger Sport) and Sandi Harrold, an inspiring and talented artist and teacher.

On Sunday 30th October, my sister and I went to an event at EnergyArt, a gallery space in one of Teneriffe’s renovated woolstores. EnergyArt is home to Kylie Farrelly, whose vibrant paintings were on display (my favourites were the ones of the Story Bridge.) The afternoon was about supporting local female businesses (jewellers, photographers, makeup artists and so on.) Importantly, the main focus was on raising funds for The Trading Circle, an excellent initiative that not only encourages woman around the world to “trade their way out of poverty” but also helps old cultural art forms to thrive.

My sister and I enjoyed a glass of sparkling, while we talked to stall holders (and bought things from stall holders.) Chilled Kids’ very own Sandi Harrold proudly showed us her gorgeous animal paintings, greeting cards and children’s books. Sandi is one of Chilled Kids’ tutors; my sister said she could see from Sandi’s energy and warmth how much children would love to be around her.

Some early Christmas shopping: check. Having a good conversation with one of my fantastic tutors: check. Raising money for The Trading Circle: check. Makes me realise how lucky I am. Some of the products for sale were made by women living with illnesses that mean they are marginalised and impoverished. They make gorgeous toys, bags, scarves and greeting cards, all in communities where support is very limited.

Well done to all the women involved, and congratulations to Sandi Harrold on your fine work.

Please contact me at Chilled Kids if you’d like to discuss how Sandi, or one of our other tutors can help your child.

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