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Rio’s makeover begins…

Rio getting his new makeover

The pupils of Mary Russell school, under the guidance of their art teacher, Miss Ferguson, have started smartening up Rio the lion. Our hope is that they will have him ready for the beginning of December for our new Christmas window.

What do think of his new rainbow mane? We enclose a picture of how he looked when he came to us to compare with how he is starting to shape up.

Rio looking tired when he arrived at Rainbow Turtle

Please keep supporting Rainbow Turtle. We hope to keep trading, even if we have to shut the shop during lockdown, by restarting our click and collect service. Click here for more information about our click and collect service.

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Where is Rio off to now?

Rio the lion was recently off on his travels, but where was he going, I hear you ask? (Note, lions are not covered by the current travel restrictions, since there is no evidence that they are carriers of the covid 19 virus.)

Rio waiting to go on his travels

Rio’s been looking a wee bit tired lately and he arrived at Mary Russell school in Paisley today where he is to undergo a makeover. The pupils of the school are going to redecorate him for this year’s Rainbow Turtle Christmas window.

Rio is going back to school

Again, I hear you ask, what has a lion got to do with Christmas and fair trade? Our theme this year will be about diversity, and how much more diverse can you get with a green lion and a rainbow turtle?

Watch this space for further exciting episodes from the life of the far-travelled Rio the lion.

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Guess who’s returning to Rainbow Turtle?

Which of these personalities is coming back to Rainbow Turtle?

We heard that one of our friends is returning to Rainbow Turtle and wondered if you could guess who it is?

No, it’s not our former education officer, Josh Brown. Nor is our previous media officer, Ross Beattie. Neither is it one time chair of trustees, Jim Rutherford.

Yes, you’ve got it, it’s Rio the lion, who adorned our shop in 2016 during the time of the Paisley 2021 bid. Since then Rio has been staying at Wallace Primary School (who had also decorated him at the time). Wallace Primary have very kindly offered him back to Rainbow Turtle and we were delighted to accept. We’re hoping to give Rio a makeover and get him ready for our Christmas shop window. Watch this space for more news about him.

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Rainbow Turtle AGM 2020

You are cordially invited to Rainbow Turtle’s AGM on 6th October 2020 at 7pm. To attend our online meeting please sign up here.

The meeting will provide you with an opportunity to hear about the charity’s progress during 2019/20, its financial position as of 31/3/20 and members will have the chance to elect the board of trustees for the coming 12 months. Once you have registered for the meeting you will be contacted closer to the date about joining instructions.

The agenda for the business part of the evening is:

  1. Welcome
  2. Sederunt
  3. Apologies
  4. Minutes of AGM on 8 October 2019
  5. Matters Arising
  6. Chair’s Report
  7. Financial Report
  8. Election of Management Committee
  9. Any other competent business

Following the business portion of the AGM we will be delighted to welcome Tracy Mitchell, managing director of JTS Fair Food Fine Food, as our guest speaker. She will be talking about “JTS – The Global Pandemic And The Supply Chains”. After her talk there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

If you would like to attend our meeting click our Eventbrite link here.

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Click & Collect Service Up and Running

Volunteers Roisin, Duncan and Eleanor (disguised as a customer) modelling our new C&C service

Rainbow Turtle successfully launched its click and collect service at its Paisley shop today. The shop is now open on a Wednesday for customers who have ordered through the website.

Each customer is allocated a 15 minute interval between 11am and 2pm to pick up their order. Needless to say, they can also add to their order at the time or get refills for their Ecover cleaning products.

For more information, please visit our online ordering page.

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More Fair Trade Learning At Home

We’re back to school after the Easter holidays this week, although of course “school” is a lot different now. So if you’re a parent or carer looking for some interesting ways to get Fair Trade into your kids’ education, here are some more ideas. You can read our first post on this subject here.

Fashion Revolution week 2020 begins today, and is a week to reflect on the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013, as well as look at the problems, both human and environmental, within the clothing industry today. Fashion Revolution have lots of fun activities for young learners, which can be found here.

If your children are looking for ways to explore their creativity, Divine Chocolate and Christian Aid have the competition for you. They’re asking young people aged 7 and over to write poems on the theme of Where does the chocolate journey begin? There are tasty prizes and the completion closing date isn’t until 5th June so you’ve still got plenty of time to get started. You can find out more here.

For younger learners, the Fairtrade Foundation have produced some home learning activities on the theme of Pablo the Super-Banana, a super fun character! They also want everyone to share their home learning with the hashtag #FairtradeTogether on social media. We’d love to be tagged in any posts too so that we can see the amazing work everyone is doing!

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New Shop Front

Since it could be a while until you get to see it in person, we thought that we’d have a virtual reveal of our newly updated Rainbow Turtle shop front!

This work was completed just before the current government restrictions came into effect by the lovely Gerry and his workers, and we were so pleased and grateful to receive grants from Renfrewshire Council to pay for this work to get Rainbow Turtle looking sharp again.

We hope to see you all in the shop again very soon!

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter from all of us at Rainbow Turtle. It was a very strange one this year, but we hope you all managed to celebrate it with family or friends in some way. Easter weekend would usually be a really busy weekend in the shop, with everyone rushing in to buy the last of our Fair Trade eggs and cards, but sadly this year the Rainbow Turtle shop remains closed. We did manage to sell lots of our eggs before we shut up shop, and the few that we do have left will be donated to good causes in the local area. As one of our wise volunteers said to me recently: Easter is a moveable feast and we’ll celebrate it properly when we can.

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Rainbows as Hope

At Rainbow Turtle, we’ve always seen our name and logo as forming part of our message of hope for the world around us:

And so it has been very uplifting to see rainbows become a symbol of solidarity, of being alone together, during the coronavirus outbreak. People all over the country are displaying them in their windows, as the BBC has reported, and it’s become a fun game for children (and adults!) to spot as many as they can while getting their daily exercise.

Our shop manager and education officer, Gemma, who is self-isolating at home in Glasgow, has spotted lots in her area and added her own (very non-artistic!) rainbow to her living room window with a friendly face, which has been drawing lots of attention and waves from the local children.

We can get through this together and we’ll see you all back in our rainbow-filled shop very soon. Keep safe!