One of the challenges my Brownies chose for the Big Brownie Birthday Challenge Badge was to hold a Fair Trade Tea Party.
We had several objectives:
- raise awareness of Fair Trade
- raise some money for the Fair Trade Foundation
- have fun!
The girls decorated coasters to sell, and I spent some time finding a picture of every girl doing something interesting so I could make a little surprise for them all.
I also bought some goodies from Traidcraft, and the Brownies were in charge of selling them.
The Brownies were in charge of a lot, actually – for example, they took all of the tea orders and delivered tea to anyone who wanted it.
We learnt a lot about Fair Trade. For example, did you know:
- Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
- One in every three bananas sold in the UK is Fairtrade.
- 44 per cent of bagged sugar sold in the UK is Fairtrade certified.
- 25 per cent of all roast and ground retail coffee in the UK is Fairtrade certified.
- Fairtrade products are now sold in more than 125 countries.
- The Fairtrade system currently works with 1.3 million people – farmers and workers – across more than 70 developing countries.
Learn More: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk
We also had a display of some interesting photos from our half term challenge. The Brownies (and leaders!) completed one of the other Challenge badge clauses – “have a cup of tea in the most unusual place you can think of”.
The Brownies were in charge of deciding who to invite, which meant it was mostly parents, but quite a few friends. I think the parents don’t get enough time to just sit and chat with each other.
I hope everyone had fun. They certainly seemed to.
And best of all, we raised £60 for the Fair Trade Foundation.
Well done to everyone!