70th Anniversary

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It was way back in 1944 when Donald Watson and a few like-minded pioneers invented the word ‘vegan’ and founded The Vegan Society. Today we are the largest vegan society in the world. The 1st of November 2014 marks both the start of World Vegan Month and also our 70th anniversary celebrations.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s coming up and how you can get involved. Remember to check out our events page to find out what’s happening in your area.

World's first vegan football match

Our 70th anniversary celebrations kick off at Forest Green Rovers Football Club on the 1st of November.

FGR Chairman and owner of Ecotricity, Dale Vince, is vegan himself, and wanted to hold a celebration for The Vegan Society’s 70th anniversary on World Vegan Day at the grounds of his home football club.

Vegan Society staff and members will be going along to enjoy the match and (dare we say more importantly?) the food, which will be 100% vegan – a football first for players and fans. Special guests include Neil Robinson, the first vegan professional football player, who will be speaking to fans at half-time.

Even if you aren’t into football, come along for the vegan treats and snacks provided by some of our trademark holders including Goody Good Stuff sweets and Ten Acre crisps. And don’t miss the cutting of our fantastic vegan birthday cake, donated by The Vegan Cakery for this special event.

There will also be an activity area for kids and a unique opportunity to join in football chants with a vegan vibe.

With a little help from our 70 Friends

The Vegan Society is reaching out to vegan campaigners, comedians, chefs, authors, sportspersons, bloggers and other public figures, asking 70 of them to proudly declare themselves to be a Vegan Society Friend in our 70th year. Many great names are already on board including Philip Wollen, Dale Vince, Sara Pascoe, Neil Robinson and Christine Vardaros.

Delving into Vegan Society archives

Our researcher-in-residence, Dr Sam Calvert has been hard at work delving into our archives at Vegan Society HQ, discovering how The Vegan Society began and how we have grown over the decades. Her findings are going to be published as a fascinating e-book entitled Ripened by Human Determination: Seventy Years of The Vegan Society.

Want to get involved but not sure what to do?

Here at The Vegan Society offices we’ve got a lot of fundraising plans in the pipeline, including a 70 cupcake bake-athon, a pyjama day, and a sponsored bike ride.

We’ve come a long way in 70 years and we’ve got big plans for the future. Whether you’ve been supporting us for decades or would like to get involved in our work for the first time, there’s never been a better time to take action for the vegan movement.

As a thank you for helping support our work, the group that raises the most will receive a vegan hamper full of fantastic goodies worth over £100!

Here are some ideas for inspiration:

  • Potluck
  • Wine and cheese night
  • Bake-off competition
  • Information stall
  • Sponsored bike ride
  • Library display
  • Raffle / tombola
  • Movie night
  • Spa day

Ways we can help

We can provide leaflets, magazines, posters, and collection tins for your event. We can publicise your event on the website and through social media in the build-up to it, and share your successes afterwards as well. We can also answer any questions you may have about planning or running your event, and about fundraising. Just send an email to volunteer[at]vegansociety[dot]com. Find more information on planning vegan events and fundraising for The Vegan Society.