Saturday, 12 March 2011

What can Brownies do for Japan?

It's not even two months since my Brownie pack did the Japan Challenge, and maybe that's why what has happened there has touched me so deeply.

What can my Brownies do to help? We can't just take the good bits of Japan that we did in the challenge and not help out when they need us immediately afterwards.

Well, I have sent an email out to our sister Brownie, Guide and Senior Section unit because I have a plan. I want to buy one shelterbox to send to Japan. It offers shelter, cooking facilities, warmth, even colouring items for kids to keep them busy. It's not cheap, it costs £590, which is why I want to enlist all 4 units to work together, it would mean raising around £10 per girl that way.

So far I have heard back from the Senior Section leader and she is on board.

Ideas so far:
  1. An origami making evening and parents buy the origami their kids made, we'd sell juice and baking as well
  2. Buy cheap fans from Baker Ross and have a stall at our school fair selling them for £1 each, that would be 60p profit per fan.
  3. A Japanese wish tree, 5op to write out your wish on a slip and tie to the tree.
  4. The Senior Section leader has loads of Japanese style fabric and she is happy to make fabric roses we could sell.
I really want to do this - any more ideas that would be low cost for us but income-generating for the cause?


Kelloggsville said...

All good ideas how about selling quiz sheets £1 each with a money prize (£10 - after first 10 sold it's all profit) or bottles of wine etc..I think I still have one I did about 5 years ago for an international fund raiser. want it?

Anonymous said...

Shelter boxes are a fantastic resource, we took part a few years ago. They have a partnership with the Scout association and if you look on their website they have a "young" section which has ideas to use to explain shelter box to Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. I am sure they would be fine for you as well.

Decorate a jar to look like a Japanese lady/doll and then fill it with loose change?

Something to do with dolls to link with Hina Matsuri?

Make otedama - a traditional Japanese beanbag game and charge the girls 20p a game or else make enough to sell.

Japanese tea party and charge the parents per cup?

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

These are all great ideas. When you have your event, don't forget to have a donations jar with a sign reminding people about the purpose of the evening. If you're not having an event, but are selling stuff, give people the option to give cash donations on top of (or in addition to) what they're buying.

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