It has been widely acknowledged that the tradition of selling chocolate for school fundraising is problematic. In an era when childhood obesity is at an all-time high, and there is more knowledge than ever about the dangers of excessive sugar, one company is tackling the issue head on.
Gardening retail giant Yates has just released a school and sporting club fundraising kit that not only gets kids outside and getting their hands dirty, it also makes double the profit of chocolate drives.
The Raise a Patch fundraiser kit contains seeds at $4 a packet for vegetable gardens, herb pots and flower gardens. Rather than offering sugar-laden junk food to fundraise, the kit encourages children to grow their own healthy food and flowers - a skill and interest they can they take through their lives.
Television personality Grant Denyer and his sidekick Cedric the Gnome detail the kit here. Be warned, it's a bit abrupt right at the start and you'll probably jump out of your seat, but it's worth it to hear about the kit and meet disgruntled Cedric.
The box of 25 costs $40 and makes $60 profit and the box of 50 costs $75 and makes $125 profit - there's a minimum order of 12 boxes.
It's an innovative scheme to introduce to your school or club fundraising committee and lessens the sugar load on Australia's children.
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