On Friday 22nd February Alok Sharma, Member of Parliament for Reading West, met with members of the 9th Tilehurst Guides along with their Unit Leader, Holly Skeet. The girls asked to meet with Alok so that they could explain that their participation in the Craftivist Collective’s Jigsaw Project, “I’m a piece.”
The Guides asked Alok to write to David Cameron, asking him to use the hunger summit in June to put ending child hunger high on the agenda at the G8 this year. The Guides presented Alok with a letter explaining their participation in the Craftivist Jigsaw Project and gave Alok two jigsaw pieces which they have sewn. One piece is embroidered with the words “We can change together”, whilst the other says “Live simply so others can simply live.”
The Jigsaw Project is bringing together the craft community to help create a giant jigsaw embroidered with messages to support Save the Children’s Race Against Hunger Campaign. The aim is to raise awareness and show that the craft community wants the Government to use its power and influence as host of the 2013 G8 to tackle injustice. Each piece of the puzzle will be stitched with a message and the pieces will come together as an art installation in March to demonstrate the support for the campaign and to show that the UK craft community wants world leaders to take urgent and vital action.
Alok said: “I enjoyed meeting the 9th Tilehurst Guides and hearing more about the Jigsaw Project. I have written to Prime Minister David Cameron on behalf of the Guides to ask that he puts world hunger high on the G8’s list of priorities, as the UK takes over the presidency of the G8 this year.”
Holly Skeet, Unit Leader at 9th Tilehurst Guides, said: “The girls very much enjoyed meeting their MP, and they were delighted that he felt able to pass on their support for the campaign to David Cameron. It was a great chance for them to see that getting involved and standing up for what you believe in can really work!”
Photo: Alok with the Guides, including Amy Martin, Maddy Stonehewer, Angelina Thomas, Kelly Herman, Rachel Martin and Nerea Hopkins.