The BFM was walking through the Christmas Market a couple of weeks ago and I spoke to a lot of Traders especially Carl from A Taste of The Tropics, serving delicious Jamaican food, about what happened to the food at the end of the night. They all said it was binned and Carl asked me if I could do something about it.
I along with a few other blogging friends did want to help over the Christmas period, but I thought why not help the needy and less fortunate now,between today and when the market closes on 21st December.
I was in the market yesterday and just so happened to pop into the management office where I met Norman, a real nice chap and Alan Hartwell the MD of Marketplace Europe. I gave my pitch and in the words of Lord Sugar I was hired. I fixed up a meeting for Friday at 5pm. Now I had to get a charity on board.
It is quite hard to get someone on board at short notice at this time of year, as they are mainly volunteers with day jobs. Also transport is an issue. So I tried several agencies to no avail, before I was put in touch with the SOS Bus. I rang and spoke to Alison who put me through to Jo (boss) who said he couldn’t make it tonight but George could.
Norman and I met at 5pm, we went round all the food stalls and they were all keen on donating any sizeable leftovers. I spoke to George and Norman and arranged to meet at 10pm. Unbeknown to us the heavens opened and lots of stalls shut early (Moroccan,paella,tartiflette and the Bratwurst Schwenkgrille) ,whilst some had sold out (world meats, noodles). So our pledges pulled off and we got boxes of hot casseroles from Belfast Pan House and sausages,lots of twisted baguettes from the patisserie,
Rice from Tapitas and Bratwurst from the German Beer Tent.
I wish to thank Carl and the stall holders for giving me the idea, Alan and Norman for saying yes and facilitating it, all the organisations for their time speaking with me especially Alison, Jo and George and all the stalls that contributed. The SOS bus will pick up and distribute til the 21st December. With our combined efforts let’s bring a beacon of light and hope for the less fortunate amongst us.
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