Thursday, 22 October 2009

A Big Challenge

Today I received a very important email from a very dear and beautiful soul whom I have known for some time now, though I haven't seen her for a while.

I thought you might like her idea so I've copied the text below, and with it, ask for your help, as she has asked me...


Dear Friends,

I entered a cooking/language skills-swap idea into the '
Big Challenge' competition this year. Big Challenge is a chance for 16-25 year olds to win a year's mentoring and funding to carry out a project or scheme for positive social change. I thought I'd better enter before I get too old, and luckily I've been shortlisted.

The shortlist has just gone to public vote this evening, and it's up for 1 week only. Only a handful of projects can get funding, and whoever gets the most votes wins.

So, I desperately need your support! I want to trial a women's skills-swap scheme that brings different communities together; where migrant women can teach their native dishes and cooking techniques in exchange for english conversation over a shared meal. If you want to see a social integration project that brings people around the dinner table, then please vote for me!

My aim is to create and test a format that can be replicated by community groups across the country, in order to have maximum impact in the future. I believe it's important to look at what skills women bring to this country, and how these can be used to facilitate learning and enrich the wider community.

Here's the link, Please vote for me if you are interested in supporting this kind of project.

Huge Thanks!

Julia xx


I think this is a BRILLIANT idea and have already placed my vote. I just know that most of you will think so too! Go on ... VOTE HERE. Incase you get lost and find the short list, this candidates name is Julia Minnear. I have to tell you that for lots of reasons, just like this, Julia is one of the most remarkable young people I have ever met and if she wins (which I hope she does), she will do this challenge with bells on!!

PS: Do feel free to link to Julia's voting page (or here) from your own blog. This project is such an inspiration, it deserves to win!


Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Julia's project sounds fantastic so she has got my vote! I love her idea - it's the kind of event I would love to go to! Lucy x

Billie Jane said...

This gets my vote!

Pomona said...

I have just voted - hope she does well!

Pomona x

dottycookie said...

What a brilliant idea. She definitely has my vote.

twiggypeasticks said...

I've voted, what a great idea
Twiggy x

silverpebble said...

This is such an outstanding idea. I'm off to vote.

Indigo Blue said...

She has a lot of hard work ahead of her and for that she has my admiration and my vote. off to do that now.

Chrissie said...

Full marks to her! She certainly deserves our votes and I wish her every success.

Conversation Pieces said...

Such a nice idea... and a simple one too. She's got my vote :)

Gina said...

Fabulous sounding project... she has my vote!

Kathi D said...

I voted!

Taz said...

What a great sounding project, certainly something I'd like to join in with but sadly no luck up here.
Thanks for your comments it's good to be back :)

Moogsmum said...

What a great idea for a project - best of luck to Julia - I hope she wins :)