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Video Diaries 3 & 4: Vegan Information Days.

Our friends at VEGO (Vegan Education on the Go) have been doing weekly vegan education outreach events in Dublin for a year now. They start at 1pm on Saturdays and end after 6pm – the longest sustained outreach events, along with the VIP gazebo events, in Ireland.

The Vegan Information Project began doing joint events with VEGO a few months ago. For 2016, weekly “video diaries” have been produced. The third and fourth are presented here.

VIP would like to thank once again the folks at Art of Zen for the plant-based cheese samples which are a big hit every week – and to VegFest UK’s manager, Tim Barford, for including VIP in the list of beneficiaries of the “Pig Freud Tour.” See more about the “thinking pig’s pig” HERE). The wonderful gift from the PF tour means that VIP are now largely in a position to fund “Neville,” the much-needed VIP van, for another year (renewing insurance and road tax, for example – the day-to-day expenses, such as diesel, are paid for by VIP volunteers. We are also still paying off the purchase of the van). If you would like to further support VIP’s unique style of vegan education outreach, please see HERE).

VIDEO: Our 2015 End of Year Review

The Vegan Information Project had a real setback in 2015 when our van was stolen (but recovered) and the caravan we planned on using for the first ever “Animal Rights Tour of Ireland” was smashed up.

However, we still managed to get quite a bit done.

Here’s the story of our year…

The new caravan and VIP's van Neville.

The caravan and VIP’s van Neville.

VIDEO: Final VEGO/VIP Public Education Event for 2015

For several weeks Vegan Education on the Go (VEGO) and the Vegan Information Project (VIP) have teamed up to run education tables and then gazebo/table events every Saturday from 1pm-6pm and often later.

This film was made during the final event of 2015.

Scenes from Recent VEGO/VIP street education events.

The last few months on Saturdays, VEGO (Vegan Education on the Go) and VIP have staged joint education events in Dublin. Running from 1-6 or later, these are great ways to directly talk to people about the vegan ethic.

As ever, there are a lot of “vegan curious” folks about, keen to learn more about veganism.

These events show the error of thinking that vegan is a scare word – the public have no problems interacting with vegans on the streets.

Here are a few pictures from recent weeks.

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VIDEO. The Pig Freud Tour

A number of grassroots groups, including VIP and our friends at the Invercargill Vegan Society (INVSOC) in New Zealand, have an international anthropomorphic porcine benefactor. “Pig Freud”, a guitar playing pig, is fundraising for grassroots vegan groups. Appearing live in concert at several large vegan events, Pig Freud plays a rock set with a vegan animal rights message.

“It’s rather unique!,” said Jordan Wyatt of INVSOC.

From VegFest:-

Pig Freud performed a LIVE rendition of Wish You Were Here in memory of the 70 billion farm animals killed for food each year

Pig Freud is actively encouraging everybody to GO VEGAN for the ANIMALS, for the ENVIRONMENT,for SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION, and for HEALTH

Pig Freud is fundraising for 5 regional grassroots vegan outreach projects worldwide, at 6 different vegan festivals – for details see http://vegfestexpress.co.uk/…/2015/09/pig-freud-autumn-2015…

Pig Freud tour is kindly sponsored by Animal Aid, VegfestUK and Yaoh Ltd.

Pig Freud CROWDFUNDER will go live from Oct 10th – link here:

http://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/pigfreud

Pig Freud website www.pigfreud.co.uk will go live soon…

Pig Freud performed a LIVE rendition of Wish You Were Here in memory of the 70 billion farm animals killed for food each yearPig Freud is actively encouraging everybody to GO VEGAN for the ANIMALS, for the ENVIRONMENT,for SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION, and for HEALTHPig Freud is fundraising for 5 regional grassroots vegan outreach projects worldwide, at 6 different vegan festivals – for details see http://vegfestexpress.co.uk/tabs/blog/2015/09/pig-freud-autumn-2015-tour Pg Freud tour is kindly sponsored by Animal Aid, VegfestUK and Yaoh Ltd.Pig Freud CROWDFUNDER will go live from Oct 10th – link here:http://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/pigfreudPig Freud website www.pigfreud.co.uk will go live soon…

Posted by Pig Freud on Saturday, 26 September 2015

Latest “Neville” Update.

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!

Goats are cutebut not the greatest help with mechanical problems!

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Grinding "U-bolts" off the vehicle to replace the "bump stops."

Grinding “U-bolts” off the vehicle to replace the “bump stops.”

Neville repairs

Vegan Information Project Update on “Neville” (the van)

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!

IF YOU CAN HELP, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Neville being recovered from the police compound

Neville being recovered from the police compound

Neville News & Caravan Craic at Back Into Daylight Animal Sanctuary

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”]

Neville being recovered from the police compound

Neville being recovered from the police compound

"You know, this might do."

“You know, this might do.”

I've found a groovy pad for the winter folks!

I’ve found a groovy pad for the winter folks!

"You looking at me, eh?, eh?"

“You looking at me, eh?, eh?”

VIDEO: A Sad Farewell to Neville

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.

The new caravan and VIP’s van Neville.

Neville, the VIP van, and the new (and currently unnamed) caravan!

Neville, the VIP van, and the new (and currently unnamed) caravan!