FT Holiday Caroling & Gift Challenge from Global Exchange
Teens from FT Town Montclair, NJ participate in Holiday Caroling
By Guest Blogger Adrienne Fitch-Frankel
Fair Trade the Holidays and Win Prizes with the FT Holiday Gift Challenge and FT Holiday Caroling!
Join us at Global Exchange as well as Fair Trade advocacy organizations, religious denominations and community groups across the country in our challenge to make your holiday purchases Fair Trade. Help spread the word to friends, family and neighbors via their Fair Trade Holiday Caroling program. If hundreds or thousands of us take some or all of these simple, fun, and meaningful actions to make a difference this holiday season, then together, we will transform the lives of countless farmers and artisans struggling to free their families from poverty!
FT Holiday Gift Challenge
Take the challenge to buy some or all of your holiday gifts Fair Trade this year and take the FT New Year’s Resolution. Download and copy the Fair Trade New Year’s Resolution (which includes the Fair Trade Holiday Gift Challenge), and let us know at www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/fairtrade/cocoa/resolution.html, so we can count how many people participated.
FT Caroling in your community and online!
Fair Trade Holiday Caroling is a great way to make a difference for Fair Trade artisans and farmers because it gives you a fun and entertaining way to educate neighbors who may never have heard about Fair Trade, and then ask them to commit to real action through the Fair Trade New Year’s Resolution in the Fair Trade Holiday Caroling Toolkit. By caroling early in December, you can invite neighbors, friends, and family to take the Fair Trade Holiday Gift pledge before they do their holiday shopping.
This year we have two exciting additions to the FT Caroling program: Virtual Caroling and Caroling Contest!
Virtual Caroling is a great way to spread the FT holiday cheer with friends and family all over the country. We invite you to use the Fair Trade Holiday Caroling Toolkit to create a Fair Trade caroling video or audio message to email to your friends and family! Post your videos at http://www.youtube.com/group/ftholidaycaroling and send your MP3’s to email@example.com to be uploaded on the website.
The Caroling Contest will reward the best Fair Trade Holiday Caroling in each of the following categories:
- Photo and 500-word story about your caroling experience
The winner in each category will receive:
- A can of Equal Exchange Fair Trade certified hot cocoa (also available at http://www.equalexchange.coop/)
- The 2010 Fair Trade calendar by Fair Trade Resource Network and Fair Trade Federation (also available at http://www.fairtraderesource.org/learn-up/buy-ftrn-publications/)
The Fair Trade Holiday Gift Challenge and Fair Trade Holiday Caroling are programs launched by Global Exchange’s Fair Trade Campaign, in partnership with Fair Trade Towns USA and others across the country.
Thank you for spreading the joy around the world this holiday season with Fair Trade!
PS: Write your own Fair Trade Holiday Carols, send them in, and we’ll publish them online, and possibly in our next pdf songbook!