Campaigning on serious issues doesn’t have to be boring.
In fact, it can be a whole lot of fun as STOP THE TRAFFIK Aotearoa NZ is set to prove.
The ‘We’re Going Bananas for Chocolate’ campaign promotes the benefits of buying traffik-free chocolate and fair-trade bananas through a series of fondue parties. ‘We want to play fair by buying fair,’ says campaign organiser Chris Frazer (of The Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit). ‘Too many goods sold today are tainted by child labour and exploitation. This might result in bargain prices for us, but it comes at a high cost by countless unseen others who struggle just to feed their families.’
Individuals and community groups can sign up to host traffic-free chocolate and fair-trade banana fondue parties where organisers can talk about the hidden components in food and the ethical implications of people’s purchasing decisions. Those attending the parties will have the chance to join the STOP THE TRAFFIK Aotearoa NZ network.
The expectation is that people will use STOP THE TRAFFIK material and messages, but there’s plenty of scope for individual creative expression.
Those taking part in ‘We’re Going Bananas for Chocolate’ are encouraged to broaden their influence by asking their local supermarkets to stock more fairly-traded goods and promote goods that will help stop human trafficking and exploitative labour practices. This is about forming positive partnerships with local stores.
The New Zealand arm of STOP THE TRAFFIK was launched at Parliament on 19 June.
Thank you for your interest in joining in with this campaign, its great to have you as part of the STOP THE TRAFFIK team.
People trafficking thrives in a cloak of invisibility. STOP THE TRAFFIK‘s sole focus is in challenging this deadly crime by bringing the issues into the open and challenging injustice.
So we warmly invite you to have fun with fondue, while delivering a serious message.
Here's some campaign material to help you:
Section 2 contains an introductory poster and information on sourcing child labour free chocolate and bananas as well as a yummy chocolate fondue recipe.
Section 3 contains two think pieces, for those wanting to explore the issues more in depth these aim to raise awareness of the hidden ingredients in so many of the goods we buy each day.
Section 4 is especially for the children with a story about a young child trafficked into a cocoa plantation and a mask for children to cut out and colour in. No-one is too young or too old to be a valued part of the STOP THE TRAFFIK campaign!
The final section has a sign up sheet for STOP THE TRAFFIK NZ. Join up and become part of an organisation that now completely spans the world!
STOP THE TRAFFIK Aotearoa NZ
Coordinator: Chris Frazer
Tel: 04 802 6269 ext 24661
Email: Chris Frazer
Get involved to make a difference:
• Like STOP THE TRAFFIK Aotearoa NZ on Facebook: facebook.com/STTNZ
• Read more on how your banana-buying power can benefit growers at bit.ly/playfairbuyfair
• Read more on the Crime of the century