Fearne Cotton, Alistair McGowan and Harry Hill go Mad for the Fairtrade Facebook Challenge …

Fairtrade fortnight

Fearne Cotton, TV Burp star Harry Hill, Zoe Ball and DJ husband Norman Cook, ex-model and presenter Lisa Butcher, Fast Show star Mark Williams and more are all going Fairtrade Mad on the Fairtrade Fortnight Facebook Challenge at http://www.facebook.com/FairtradeFoundation .

Each day, the celebs are inviting people to take part in a different, fun challenge such as creating a wacky Fairtrade Banana Smile, Outrageous Fairtrade Label Waving, painting a Fairtrade Chocolate Moustache, Random Acts of Fairtrade Kindness, Fairtrade Your Mum, create a Fairtrade fruit inspired hat, and the Fairtrade Ice Cream Pile Up.

Fairtrade fortnight

Other celebrities have pledged to take part in the challenge, including singer Mica Paris, Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, chef Sophie Grigson, How Clean is Your House presenter Aggie McKenzie, as well as Tory MP and DFID Minister Stephen O’Brien.

Alistair McGowan is launching the ‘Outrageous label waving’ challenge by replacing his tennis ball with a Fairtrade pineapple as he impersonates John McEnroe. ‘We are all thinking a lot about the sustainability of our world,’ says Alistair McGowan. ‘I believe that we have to start with the people who produce the foods and goods we put in our shopping baskets. When I buy Fairtrade I know the farmers and workers receive enough for their products so that they can put food on the table and enjoy a better standard of living’.

Each challenge comes with a fabulous prize for the funniest, most outrageous and creative contestant. Up for grabs are prizes like a Sainsbury’s supported trip to the Dominican Republic to visit Fairtrade certified banana farmers; a flower arranging lesson with top florist Simon Richards who designs all of Marks & Spencer’s floral arrangements; a cupcake making course with cake-maker extraordinaire Lilli Vanilli whose bespoke cakes are sold in Harrods; a week’s holiday in Sri Lanka which includes a visit to Fairtrade tea growers who sell their tea to Jacksons of Piccadilly; a Starbuck’s ‘sensory weekend’ with all sorts of delights; a Green & Black’s chocolate Masterclass; and a year’s supply of Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream.

The rules are simple. Log onto the Fairtrade Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/FairtradeFoundation
Upload a photograph of yourself taking part in one of the daily challenges and encourage your friends and family to vote on your entry. The entry with the most votes wins. The funniest and wackiest photograph is likely to win. For those who don’t win the grand prize, there are lots of great are Fairtrade-inspired consolation prizes.

Have you got planned? Well my little chap used the fabulous wean machine to make a fairtrade banana face mask for me  and I’ll be posting the results of that shortly – plus a review on how great it is for making super fresh baby food on the go. Despite being a little messy my banana face mask was really refreshing and it did make my skin feel really lovely. I think we’re going for the fairtrade tea bags on eyes today, to complete the look!

To see if any one else is up to the challenges and would like to ask a couple of my twitter mummy friends to see what they may get up to:

Fellow frugal mummy bloggers – Nicki at www.curlyandcandid.co.uk and Becky at www.babybudgeting.co.uk

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10 Comments
Nicki Cawood

What a fantastic idea! I’m ashamed to admit this campaign had completely passed me by so I’m glad you are high-lighting it. Now I really am going to have to get my thinking cap on.
Initially though I am going to do a Fairtrade shopping week (starting today) and replace as many of my usual groceries with Fairtrade products. This is a good way of discovering new products where I wouldn’t usually make the effort to actively seek them out (being truthful – it’s pure laziness) and also testing out how many FT products my local shops actually hold! I’ll report back after the challenge. I’ll have a look at the FB page, but regardless of whether I take part in any of the other mad (but undeniably fun!) challenges, I will be looking for my own fruit hat – seriously, it’s a trend-setter!

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admin

That’s brilliant Nicki, I’ll look forward to your report back. Personally, I find my local Coop to be the best source of Fairtrade products, we always buy their tea and coffee amongst other things. The challenges look great don’t they and some of the prizes are fantastic – particularly the trip to the Dominican Republic. Good luck with the hat making, I’ve got my eye on a beautiful pair of grape earrings ;)

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becky

Thanks Lyndsay each week I do a sunday inspiration post so I will check out the facebook page take on a challenge and report back next week, your face mask sounds very yummy!

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admin

That’s fabulous Becky – I’ll look forward to it. The face mask was lovely, but really messy – I managed to get it all over my clothes and the carpet – but hey ho – my face looked ‘fabulous dahling!’

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Carol

Thank you so much for bringing the Fairtrade fun to my attention Queen of Easy Green. Out local large village is a Fairtrade villiage and they are holding some great events to support the fortnight locally.

Keep up the good work, Carol :o)

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admin

Hi Carol, that sounds brilliant – if you have contacts, I’d love to put a link to it on the blog. I did have a brilliant idea for a melon hat, but would you believe it, OH has only gone and let the kids eat it ;) It’s back to plan B now, a pineapple ‘fascinator’

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