How much does it cost you to share your lunch with some of the poorest people on the planet?
For more than a decade now we have raised funds for communities in need through the proceeds of our Fair Play Café, Pre-School Playgroup and through the sales of flowers from our adjoining garden area. One year the funding is sent to charitable projects in Africa, another year to Asia, then to Latin America, and after that to Eastern Europe. Finally, a special year is chosen where funding is sent to charitable organisations here in Ireland.
In the first year €5,000 was raised, whereas for the last couple of years €20,000 has been raised.
The focus for 2013 is going to be Africa and the theme will be the rescue and rehabilitation of Child Soldiers.
The Share Your Lunch initiative follows three simple steps:
- You buy your lunch from the Fair Play Café and the proceeds from the cost of your lunch will go to help rescue and rehabilitate child soldiers in Africa.
- Each customer who wants to participate in this initiative will receive a reward card from us where their purchases are recorded. For every euro spent in the Fair Play Café, one point will be put on their reward card.
- In November 2013 we will set up a Facebook page where customers will be able to get information on three different organisations working to help rescue and rehabilitate child soldiers in Uganda, the Congo and Southern Sudan. Each customer can then use their accumulated reward points to vote for the project they think should receive the funds raised in 2013. Then, in 2014, the process will start all over again with the funds going to an Irish charity working to help children who are terminally ill.
The chart below shows how this works.
Latin America (Brazil)
Eastern Europe (Romania)