I's raining heavily down here... Will the action take place anyway? Do we meet?" were the first SMS messages and calls to the unfriendly weather conditions on the Saturday, when we were planning to go towards Grgarske Ravne. A bit frustrated we looked towards the cloudy sky, but nevertheless we did not loose hope. Considering the Goethe thought that the character is formed only in the whirlwind of the world, we have responded: "Yeah, let's do it!".
And we did it. A slightly different from the original plan, but still successful.
In front of Herbal Centre Grgarske Ravne early 40 friends, colleagues and supporters of Essentiq meet on 12 October 2013, firmly determined to help the Centre and the Foundation Bit Planota.
After the introductory greeting, refreshments and work instructions, the first group picked up brooms, rags, brushes and clean every corner of the herbal centre at Grgarske Ravne. While dusting an exhibition space we managed to read about the herbs, and at the same time tryed to remember the receipe for a youghurt cake with mint. We rubbed a nest for drying the herbs and fruits and washed kitchen, whwre will again be held trainings for blind and visually impaired, schoolchildren and other who have an interest to learn how to effectivelly use herbs.
Another group of volunteers already in the morning went to Lokve, where huge sacks of dried herbs were waiting for hardworking hands to strip the leaves, clean them, and pack them into tea bags. The campaign was concluded with socializing at nice warm fireplace, where we welcomed Mr. Boris Rijavec, Municipal Councsellor of the Municipality of Nova Gorica, who expressed satisfaction that even in the times of crisis, there are still companies that promote volunteering.