This season get your holiday shopping done early and give a gift that gives twice. From November 10-12, Sault College will host the fifth annual Ten Thousand Villages fair trade sale in support of the college’s World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Student Refugee Program.
Ten Thousand Villages is the oldest and largest fair trade organization in North America, selling artisan-crafted personal accessories, home decor and gift items from around the globe. Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.
“Our student refugee program helps those students around the world who are living in refugee camps where there are few resources to further their schooling,” says Alison McKeachnie, a lead organizer and volunteer for this year’s event. “Without access to education there are limited options available to youth in their pursuit of living a meaningful life. Sault College has been supporting this great cause for many years and this support will help young refugees achieve their dreams, and provide hope, resources and access to post-secondary education at Canadian universities and Colleges,” she adds.
The sale is open to everyone and admission is free. Join us at Sault College’s Essar Hall on Thursday, November 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, November 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, November 12 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. All proceeds of the sale support artisans partnered with Ten Thousand Villages. In addition, ten percent of all proceeds directly support the WUSC Student Refugee Program at Sault College.
Come out and support communities and people around the globe while finding unique, quality hand-made products. For more information about the Sault College Ten Thousand Villages gift sale, please contact Karen Marrocco at [email protected] or at 705-759-2554 ext. 2553.