A Fair Trade Tea Party

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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!

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6 thoughts on “A Fair Trade Tea Party

  1. I think this is brilliant, not only did you all learn a lot about fairtrade, but you made it fun and look easy. I love the pictures of you drinking tea in strange places. Brilliant.

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