May 14 2015

You are invited to the party!

The 28th anniversary celebration of Sotrami, our Fairtrade mining partners, was a big celebration, starting at sunrise, and going on till well after dark. One not to be missed...

So Alan, Monica & Annabel all booked their flights and headed over, dancing shoes packed. And boy are we glad they took their cameras so we could share the action packed occasion...

It started at daybreak.


Nothing says 'Happy Birthday' like a 5k run at 7,000ft on the dusty mountain tracks around the community and the mine. Needless to say, the trio of Gringo's who had not yet acclimatised to the altitude were mere spectators.


After a quick shower, representatives of all segments of the community & the miners assembled in their uniforms for the formal aspect of the day - A flag raising ceremony and parade. They are very proud of their national flag and their identities within San Filomena.


The Cred representatives were treated like VIPs and very much honoured as part of the team.


It is an important occasion, and the whole community comes out...


What parade is complete without a brass band and baton twirling.


Monica was made an honorary miner for the day. Unfortunately she had missed out on the months of practice for the parade, so wasn't allowed to take part...


The heroes of the day


Then the real party starts....


And never really stops...

Get the full party experience with further highlights of the day on our Facebook gallery - coming soon.