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The Consortium Club has been putting smiles on people’s faces again – theirs, mine and, most important of all, at least 15 children’s.
As regular readers of The Moodie Blog will know, The Consortium Club is a group of UK travel retail suppliers, retailers and buyers who meet regularly to discuss and advance industry issues – and to help out good causes.
They don’t come much better than cleft charity The Smile Train, a cause that the Consortium Club has already supported generously in the past.
At its annual getaway weekend in Eastbourne last September, the Club raised some £2,000 for The Smile Train via a tombola and auction – enough to fund life-transforming cleft operations on 15 children.
At a meeting earlier this month at a Heathrow Hotel, The Consortium Club asked me to come along and accept a cheque for that amount and forward it to The Smile Train. Our picture below shows me accepting it from The Consortium Club Vice Chairman, Coty Prestige Sales Director Travel Retail & Export Jan Kristiansen Binder.
It was the most pleasant of duties – and once more a certain New York-based cleft charity that performs wonders in ‘changing the world one smile at a time’ has cause to marvel at the inherent, magnificent generosity of our industry.