The idea for ChaTtee came about after a very wet Easter holidays at home, when my brother, sister and I decided that we wanted to help some causes that affect our generation and work on a fundraising project together. Whilst we couldn’t decide on just one activity (none of us are marathon runners!) we could all agree on one idea – creating slogan t-shirts that would help spread the message on issues that are relevant to us and our friends.
After coming up with the name ChatTee, we approached 3 charities that we wanted to help, which were relevant to us. In the 3 months that we have been setting ChatTee up, we have met with many interesting people who have helped us to get our project off the ground. We had a fascinating meeting with Natasha from The Plastic Ocean Foundation UK, the charity I have chosen to support, who told us about the work they were doing and how we could help.
Since the release of A Plastic Ocean film, and Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet special on the plastic crisis in the oceans, it has been a huge step forward to see that Macdonald’s will replace plastic straws with paper ones from September. The fast food chain uses 1.8 million straws a day in the UK alone and we hope to see this rolled out worldwide. It is important that our generation understand the urgency of the plastic crisis so that we can make changes to how we live.
We also met with Annabelle and Leah at Sentebale, the charity my brother has chosen to raise money for. They were really happy for us to get involved and explained about the work they do in Lesotho and Botswana to help the most vulnerable children get the support they need to lead happy and healthy lives following the HIV epidemic. You will be hearing more on this from Archie in his blog. And through the work of Young Minds, the charity my sister Hermione has chosen to support, we hope to raise awareness on mental health issues such as online pressure and show that it is OK to ask for help.
At the end of the day we are here to support causes that affect our generation both now and in the future. We are trying to do it in a light hearted but effective way, learn new skills and meet new people. I hope you will buy one of our ChatTees to help spread the message and raise funds for these worthwhile charities.