Operations Manager Chris Heaton submits his Paris salon 2009 report
If it’s June, then it must be Paris. Every year, Emmaus International organises a one day sale to raise money for international solidarity projects sponsored by the movement. Current campaigns involve such diverse issues as access to safe drinking water, migrants’ rights and ethical finance.
Sadly, European legislation has overtaken our minibus (like most other things on the road) and it can no longer travel abroad, so this year the troop transport was provided by Emmaus Brighton, with Bristol’s Chris and Malcolm handling the driving duties.
As always, the event was hard work and enormous fun, with the UK party setting up and running two big bric-a-brac stalls. No one who attends the salon will forget the countdown to opening on the Sunday morning, when the doors to the exhibition hall are thrown open, and the bargain hunters of Paris, waiting five deep outside, pour in and run down the aisles in search of their favourite stall.
Our stalls contributed some 8000 euros to the total of ½ million euros on the day, and afterwards there was the chance to socialise with Companions and staff from all over Europe, to make new friends and renew old friendships.
Roll on next year!