Picking a good brew
We all love a decent cuppa, don't we?
Brewed for between 4-5 minutes, properly agitated with just under half a teaspoon of sugar, and a dash of milk. Oh, and in a larger than average mug! On the colour chart, I'd class myself as a renegade.
How much do we really know about the lives of those who pick our tea, and do we even question where it's come from? Despite popular opinion, it's not Yorkshire.
I am doing a sponsored tea pick in Sri Lanka to find out. I will pick tea alongside professional tea pickers for four hours... it is backbreaking labour in the sunshine and worse when it is rainy season. I will then weigh my tea and get told what salary I would have earned (less than a couple of quid) but my wages will be given to my tea picking mentor. I would love your support which will go straight to The Tea Leaf Trust.
I’d like to think I know a fair bit about tea, having enjoyed it for many years, but there’s a lot I don’t know about it’s origins.
I didn't know for example that 80% of students at the charity's Tea Leaf Vision School live off less than $1 a day, or that this area is a hotspot for suicide in a country that already has the 4th highest suicide rate in the world. Nor did I know that 83% of female tea pickers experience regular domestic violence and 80% of the men are alcoholics. This all creates a pretty hopeless picture... but...
Tea Leaf Trust work in the heart of the tea plantations in Sri Lanka, helping young people to gain the skills required to get employment away from the harsh reality of the tea estate industry. The school offers free, full-time diplomas for students between the ages of 18 and 24. In return, and as part of the programme, the students themselves teach Basic English to over 1,800 children a week for free!
Over 80% of graduates find employment or further education/training within a year and those working earn an average of 50% than their counterparts. On top of this, these students become ethical leaders in their communities, leading real change.
Please give what you can... even the cost of a cup of tea will help!
Tony O’Dell Donated £20 + £5 Gift Aid
Well done!!! Smashed it!
Sarah Harmon Donated £10 + £2.50 Gift Aid
I like my tea with a bacon sandwich
Cath Grant Donated £20 + £5 Gift Aid
Neil Chalk Donated £20 + £5 Gift Aid
Milk, no sugar. Ta Davlar
Kathy Perry Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid
Sending You Good Luck Laura 🍀 Hope you reach your target and more!! Love from Kathy and Alan xxx
alison richardson Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid
we couldn't survive lifes ups and downs without our tea! Hope you are having a good time x
Stuart Mcneill Donated £24 + £6 Gift Aid
I do love a nice brew. Anything to help my friend Dave Love from Siberia the fish to be Stu xx
Pat Grant Donated £25 + £6.25 Gift Aid
Roy Grant Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid
Renegade? Lightweight. I'll take mine the way it should be. Good luck with the leeches.
Gemma Chalk Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid
Go leeches! Good work, Grant x
Mandy O'Dell Donated £20 + £5 Gift Aid
Lesley Willis Donated £20
You go girl!! Enjoy your tea & tea picking & your Sri Lankan experience xx
Natasha Wright Donated £20 + £5 Gift Aid
Here’s to a over sized cuppa at the end of it! Good luck xx