Earlier this year during the height of the refugee crisis, we brought out our ‘Marmalade’ design, inked by the very wonderful Flo Lipin.
At the same time, one of our community mentioned a very intriguing charity that she volunteered at, that was feeding thousands of people who had fled violence and misery in their home nations. The Refugee Community Kitchen captured our hearts, with their sheer compassion and positive vibes. We knew what we had to do.
Since June 2017, we’ve dedicated 20% of our Marmalade design to the Refugee Community Kitchen (RCK), helping feed people - without judgement. We’re proud to announce that RCK have chosen to partner with THTC Clothing, to produce their merchandise - ethically-produced and organically grown. So that’s rather good, ennit?
But who are these scrappy do-gooders? We shoved a bunch of probing questions in front of the driving figures behind RCK to find out. This week, we meet Paula Gallardo, head doula and organiser of the Kitchen.
Paula Gallardo / Facebook
Paula: For me it came from working on festivals and large events in the UK and seeing the amount of equipment, resources and skilled people in our tribe and wanting to take that and do some good with it. As with many other good things in my life, it came together in front of a large speaker at Carnival.
As my children are almost all grown up, the time is right for me to move my focus from nurturing a family to using my skills, connections, resources and passions to help people in need.
P: RCK is just completing building a professional industrial kitchen after using a fantastic but rough field kitchen for the past two years. The biggest challenge is to make funds last whilst people still need feeding.
The biggest challenges we face are completely entwined with the challenges of the displaced people that we serve. Unheard, unserved, unsupported and without a secure future - they are not getting the help they need from governments and the public. We too face those challenges.
People can help by insisting that governments change their policies and by showing with their hands, their voices and their votes that we will not forget our fellow man.
P: Refugee Community Kitchen has proved to be a successful community platform for volunteers, giving people of all nationalities and skills the opportunity to make a difference and feel represented. No skills needed, only a desire to help others.
P: THTC have a great reputation of supporting valuable causes. They take the problems of humanity and the environment very seriously and are trying to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.
P: I would change the distribution of wealth and opportunity. We all know there is enough resources on the Earth for everyone to live humbly with destroying the planet. No one needs to have more than the next person as we can’t take it with us.
P: Too many DJs to mention but one of the tunes that rocked the kitchen this summer is Gorillaz Clint Eastwood
P: It has as to be the ‘Just a Ride’ T. I am a big fan of both things on the T-shirt, the wisdom of Bill Hicks and of organic psychedelics.
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