The beloved VIP van, Neville, recently failed his vehicle test. We are currently doing repairs, relying heavily on the expertise of the folks at Back Into Daylight animal sanctuary.
It looks like the people who stole Neville did some damage to his rubber work, so we are learning fast about “bump stops” and other suspension issues!
Our APPEAL is still running and donations are even more necessary now to get Neville back on the road. Looks like our caravan received worse damage but we haven’t given up on our plans to do a “vegan animal rights tour of Ireland.”
First, we need Neville back, well and rearing to go!
Goats are cutebut not the greatest help with mechanical problems!
Grinding “U-bolts” off the vehicle to replace the “bump stops.”
It’s been a strange few weeks for “Neville” the Vegan Information Project’s (VIP) van and for VIP itself. One of the VIP volunteers had recently purchased a caravan which we had planned a “Vegan Animal Rights Tour”of Ireland, visiting areas where we could get permission to site our one or two gazebo “Vegan Information Day” events.
These plans are now in ruins for now because, at the end of July, the volunteers caravan was broken into and smashed up and the VIP van was stolen. Since the caravan was purchased, there has been a litany of problems – there seems to be a lot of prejudice about caravans in Ireland. Within two days, eggs were thrown at the caravan and then we had endless problems getting permission to park it.
And then the attack and the theft of “Neville.”
We are happy to say that the van has been recovered. Neville had been completely emptied out, number plates removed, and the police told us that the robbers were in the process of stealing a motorbike with the van.
We still owe the Back Into Daylight animal sanctuary some of the cost of “Neville” and it is time for renewal of things like road tax, insurance, and vehicle testing. We know these are hard recessionary times – however, if you can help us get back on our feet (and “Neville” back on the road), we’ll be most grateful. The unique vegan outreach of the Vegan Information Project will return!
We have great news to share. The VIP van, fondly named “Neville” was stolen recently and a caravan used by a VIP volunteer was severely damaged in the same robbery.
We are extremely happy to report that Neville has been found and is reunited with his justice-for-all campaign friends! The picture below is Neville being retrieved from a police compound where recovered vehicles are taken.
In the meantime, the caravan has been donated to our good friends at the Back Into Daylight Animal Sanctuary. They have the expertise to do the required repairs and, one never knows, we may still yet be able to use the caravan for a “Vegan Animal Rights Tour of Ireland” in the summer of 2016.
As you can see, certain residents of the sanctuary are keen to help with repairs!! [Click on any image to enlarge it, then press “return”]
VIP have been exploring a plan that involved the group in a “Vegan Animal Rights Tour” of Ireland, using “Neville” the VIP van, and utilising a caravan belonging to one of the VIP volunteers.
Sadly, these plans have been delayed. On Friday 31st August, in broad daylight, a group of three men broke into the caravan, smashed it up, and then stole the van. The incident has been recorded on CCTV but the gardai (police) have told us not to expect it to be recovered.
We would like to thank all those people who have contributed to the VIP van appeal in order for VIP to buy the van from the Back Into Daylight vegan animal sanctuary. Your contribution has not been wasted and VIP will be purchasing another van with the insurance money asap.
In the meantime, we’ve made this rather soppy film….
[Because of the damage to the caravan, the VIP volunteer who bought it has donated it to the Back Into Daylight sanctuary.]
The new caravan and VIP’s van Neville.
Neville, the VIP van, and the new (and currently unnamed) caravan!
We are very pleased to announce that the Vegan Intersectionality Project now have the capacity to GO ON TOUR!
Although we have broken out of the confines of the centre of Dublin by sometimes staging our “Vegan Information Day” gazebo events in Rathmines and Dun Laoghaire, we have been concerned about the focus on Dublin.
Now, we can go anywhere in Ireland with your help. So… if you would like your town or city in Ireland to experience the “Vegan Information Day” stall, if you support the expansive intersectional view of veganism, and if you can get permission to site our 3x3m gazebo stall (we have two gazebos, so if you can arrange for a double gazebo, even better!), please contact us.
Single or double gazebos means breaking free of the usual confines of putting a table on the street open to the elements. The weather-proof VIP gazebo features literature (including a zine library), food samples, food portions, videos, and the famous VIP “tea station,” a special cafe area where people can sit and enjoy a free cuppa (and their food portions) while talking all things vegans.
VIP volunteers are also available for talks, so we can run the “Vegan Information Day” stall with you and do a talk in the evening. With our new caravan (see below – click on the images to enlarge), there are no accommodation issues.
If so, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 086 391 2018.
Let’s shake things up a little in Ireland!!
Neville, the VIP van, and the new (and currently unnamed) caravan!
The Irish weather almost got the better of us today – very strong winds – but we stuck it out with the double gazebos. The advantage of the VIP set-up is that we are not so easily driven off the streets.
Here are some scenes from the day [click any image to enlarge, then click return].
Check out Neville’s facebook page HERE, and enjoy these scenes from the day (click to enlarge any picture, then click “return” to return to the post).
As ever, all the work was done by volunteers – so a huge shout out to each and every one as ever! Hmmm, not sure that he counts as a volunteer, but Neville really and literally did the heavy lifting today!
Some of the food for exchange for donations today
These men are enjoying a free cup of tea from the VIP stall
Another free cup of tea goes out from the VIP gazebo stall
Tourists and people from outside of Dublin are always keen to know where they can get 100% plant-based meals.
Neville the VIP van acts as a windbreak and provides storage space during the stall. He’s even useful as a refuge from the public once in a while!
Some of Neville’s shelving. The VIP van is well fitted out.
The internal shelving in Neville the VIP van.
Neville the van proves himself a great windbreak for the “vegan information day” stall.