Monday, December 10, 2007

English Afternoon Tea for a Cause

Supporting the 4th Annual Menu for Hope to...

White Hill is a very poor area. There is no electricity and most people live day-to-day. Many families do not have enough to eat and children often come to school too hungry to study.
Pupils lining up for lunch at White Hill Primary school in South Eastern Lesotho. The food is provided by WFP through a school feeding programme in this photo taken by Makhahlo Mosothoane, who is 26 and teaches Class 3. [Source Chez Pim on Flickr]

Menu for Hope is a yearly charitable Food Blogging event started by Chez Pim in 2004. This year I am excited to announce that Pim has earmarked a school lunch program in Lesotho, Africa as the recipient of all the money we hope to raise. She chose to support the school lunch programme because providing food for the children not only keeps them alive, but helps them stay in school so that they learn the skills to feed themselves in the future. Lesotho is a model programme in local procurement - buying food locally to support local farmers and the local economy. Instead of shipping surplus corn across the ocean, the WFP is buying directly from local subsistent farmers who practice conservation farming methods in Lesotho to feed the children there. I can't think of a better project to lend my support to and I hope you will join me in ensuring its success.

Since I have both US and global options for my prizes I would love for all of you, every single one of my readers, to buy a raffle ticket in a bid to win a charming English Afternoon Tea package including traditional goodies baked by me. And why stop at just the one ticket? If you to buy several, not only do you have a greater chance of winning, the prize could get even better. Read on and you will see why:

UW32 English Afternoon Tea Shipped to Your Door

If you live in the mainland USA my prize this year will be to ship the winner an English Afternoon Tea package to include the following:
+ A Bee House Teapot of your choice.
+ A pot of June Taylor Conserve of your choice.
+ A packet of Twinings Traditional Afternoon Tea
+ Homemade Scones
+ Clotted Cream
+ English Butter
+ Homemade Mini Bakewell Tarts
+ Surprise, mystery, shiny, very dark brown, delicious English item of my choice.
If you prefer or if you live outside of the mainland USA I will swap out the perishable items and ship the following package instead:
+ A Bee House Teapot of your choice.
+ A June Taylor Gift Pack featuring two conserves of your choice.
+ A packet of Twinings Traditional Afternoon Tea
+ Homemade British Biscuit Selection
+ Homemade Mini Bakewell Tarts
+ Surprise, mystery, shiny, very dark brown, delicious English item of my choice.

If this Prize, Code UW32, receives over $2,500 worth of bids, it will upgrade to homemade Afternoon Tea in the Bay Area by Sam Breach and June Taylor or an entire case of June Taylor products

June Taylor is a true artisan, a globally respected English preserve maker with twenty years of experience and a steadily growing business. I think it's safe to say that as fellow Brits abroad, both June and I have separately experienced a fair amount of frustration caused by people who have dismissed or scoffed at English food. I think both of us have an ingrained, and as I have heard June put it, "cheeky" desire to prove those people wrong. I was delighted, therefore, to be able to persuade June to join me in agreeing to help me host an English Afternoon Tea for a dozen people in the Bay area.
In the event that the winner can not travel to the Bay Area to collect this prize we will instead ship them a large casement of June Taylor's products including jams, butters, syrups and more, plus a Bee House Teapot of the winner's choice and a pack of Twinings Traditional Afternoon Tea

If you choose to bid on the Becks & Posh prize you can buy raffle tickets through First Giving, quoting the code UW32 for these English Afternoon Tea goodies. Go to the donation site at to make the donation.

Please specify which prize you'd like in the 'Personal Message' section of the donation form when confirming your donation. You must note how many tickets per prize, and please use the prize code, ie UW32.

Basic Order

Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. For example, a donation of $50 can be 4 tickets for UW32 and 1 ticket for UW01. In that case you would write 4xUW32, 1xUW01.

Advanced Order

If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so the organisers can claim the corporate match.

Please check the box to allow the organisers to see your email address so that they can contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

-Bids will be accepted until the end of play, December 21st 2007.
-Winners will be announced on January 9th at Chez Pim

To see the full scope of prizes available please visit Chez Pim
For US West Coast Prizes specifically visit Rasa Malaysia.
Where does your prize money go? 85.65% of it goes directly to Lesotho.

Thanks for any help you can give, thank you for your kindness and thank you for being a part of this community.

Terms and Conditions pertaining to this particular prize:
* Prize elements are subject to availability and will be replaced with an appropriate item of equal value if there is difficulty sourcing any of the items at the time of shipping.
* Prizes might arrive in more than one delivery.
* In the event that one or more items in the prize package are not shippable to the winner's country of residence we can negotiate a suitable replacement of a similar value. The onus is on the winner to declare any customs problems they foresee when accepting the prize and before the prizes are sent out. We will not be responsible for any prizes which are rejected at customs.
* If enough bids are received to upgrade to the grand prize, and the Bay Area tea is chosen by the winner, it must be taken at a time that is convenient to both Sam Breach and June Taylor in a Bay Area location to be decided by the organisers. The prize must be arranged and taken before the end of 2008 else it becomes void.

© 2007 Sam Breach
English Afternoon Tea for a Cause


  • At 10/12/07 03:46, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'd like to bid, but is it possible to have your mum deliver it personally?

    : )

  • At 10/12/07 05:21, Blogger ChrisB said…

    Sam can I guess which David that is seeking my company! Would it be a hop across the channel?

    That's a great prize for some lucky person!

  • At 10/12/07 12:22, Blogger Sam said…

    David - yes - of course - if you get her an ice cream for her effort!

  • At 10/12/07 16:24, Blogger Farmgirl Susan said…

    What a fantastic prize, Sam. I just wish I could figure out what the shiny mystery English substance is. . . ; )


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