Giving Tuesday was a day of giving which took place on December 2nd 2014 in many countries of the world, including the UK this year for the first time. It had been founded in the US as an antidote to days of mass consumerism like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which encourage people to shop. The plan is to make it a Global Day of Generosity – getting people involved in giving their voices, their time and their money to a charity like The Big Issue in the North Trust (charity no. 1056041).
This first Giving Tuesday we were lucky to have the support of many in our region: Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan gave us a poem “THE VENDOR THE BUYER” which we shared with you here. Manchester photographer Darren Hargreaves gave his time and his talents and took amazing photographs of local Big Issue in the North vendors (like the one above). Yorkshire band Egokiller released a special single called “Giving Tuesday” with all proceeds going to The Big Issue in the North Trust in addition to their Christmas mini Album “Monster Chunks & Mistle Toes” which will also raise money for The Trust (more on www.egokiller.co.uk). FC United of Manchester are giving vendor Ian the opportunity to sell the magazine at their home match against Workington to introduce FCUM supporters to the magazine and The Trust. Suma Wholefoods, the UK’s largest workers cooperative and wholesalers of Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian and specialist foods, were kind enough to donate three bags of goodies which were raffled and raised £39 for The Trust.
We say a big THANK YOU to Ian McMillan, Darren Hargreaves, Egokiller, FC United of Manchester and Suma!
You can still make a donation to our Giving Tuesday campaign – any amount will help us continue supporting the vendors of The Big Issue in the North magazine to reach the goals they set themselves? Please go to https://www.justgiving.com/Big-Issue-in-the-North-Trust-Appeal to make an online donation. Or you can donate really easily by texting BITN14 and the amount you want to donate to 70070 (e.g. text BITN14 10 to donate 10). Texts are free and all the money comes to us.