Kiwis like everyone to have a fair go. It’s why you’ve already helped over 900 kids in El Guabo go to school by buying All Good Fairtrade bananas.
It’s also why we think you’d like to do something to help kids in our own backyard who are going without the basics.
Our friends at KidsCan have been helping schools for the past six years with basic items like food, raincoats and shoes. So they were the perfect people to let us know how best to help. We were a bit ashamed to learn that one in four Kiwi kids turn up hungry to school. It’s pretty hard to learn when the hungry tummy monsters attack! One of the key things KidsCan mentioned was, often these kids weren’t getting any fresh fruit in their diet at all.
So, we’d like you to help us give fresh bananas to kids who really need it. KidsCan have recommended schools that will really benefit from a regular supply of fresh bananas, and the bananas will be given out at the schools’ discretion to those who need them most.
With your help, we want to give away 5,000 bunches (roughly 25,000 bananas). For every like we get on Facebook, we’ll give one bunch of bananas to a school. We already have enough likes from our existing fan base to deliver bananas to our first school for a year. So, help us to deliver more. The more likes we get, the more schools we can deliver to. Just click here or on the image above.
Harriet Lamb, Director of the Fairtrade Foundation wrote the book about Faitrade; Fighting The Banana Wars, that tells the story of her battle to make sure the food on our plates, and shirts on our backs, don’t rob people in other countries of the means to feed or clothe themselves.
Harriet became convinced of the importance of Fairtrade while visiting Costa Rica with WDM in 1997 to investigate local banana plantations’ use of pesticides already banned in the US for making farm-workers sterile, she met a woman called Maria whose husband had been exposed to DBCP while working on the plantations. The couple had had a baby boy born with severe developmental abnormalities who died after a short and distressful life.
In her book Harriet describes how “As we sat there and she showed me pictures of her baby rage bubbled up inside me because the companies knew of the dangers of this chemical but they ignored them. I have never, ever forgotten Maria.”
Harriet is visiting New Zealand and Australia to meet with supermarket owners, policy makers and Fairtrade advocates in person.
Come along on to Auckland Girls Grammar Thursday 23rd of June at 6.00pm, listen to her story and find out how we’re applying what she’s learnt in New Zealand and The South Pacific.
Check it out. Just in time for Fairtrade Fortnight, The story of All Good Bananas in pictures, music and words, some that even move. Share it with your mates so they can see what makes All Good Bananas – All Good.
Our mates at the mighty Skull & Bones gave us a big hand putting this together. You can put your hands together for them here.
The past couple of weeks Conscious Consumers have been working with Wellingtonians to select THE best café location. All Conscious Consumers’ cafés were in the running to get mobbed – but there could only be one winner. Following the frantic bidding war started on 21 March 2011, the café that pledged to use the highest percentage of its take from the mob day to improve its energy efficiency won.