by Laura, Features and Entertainment Editor
| Dec 22, 2014
How many of you have ever shopped at Cotton On? Don’t tell me – I know, it’s HEAPS, right?
Well, in addition to their very cool clothes, and very well priced PJs, they have a charity – it’s called Cotton On Foundation
. They’ve spent the last decade working in Southern Uganda and their current mission is to provide 20,000 kids with education by 2020. Sounds totally impossible to us, but these guys are, like, extremely good at their jobs. They’ve got a campaign running in November and December called I Give A Brick
, and it’s super easy to get amongst and we’re on the home stretch and IT’S CHRISTMAS so come onnnnnnn guys.
Basically, you can share the hashtag on social media (check out the Insta tags to see what your fellow humans have been doing), or you can pick up a delightful little treat in-store (or online at cottonon.com
- just follow the links to the Foundation page). I can personally recommend the sour watermelon mints – which were a great crowd-pleaser at the GF Christmas Party this year – and the sweet as sugar, hand-made jewellery. Who doesn’t need more fluoro pink pom-poms in their life? NO-ONE, that’s who. Pom-poms for President!
There are also some really neat little friendship bands that cost… wait for it… two dollars. All this money raised goes into a big jar (well, not literally) and the COF are hoping they can make it to one million buckos. That figure seems ‘uuuuuge, but it’s just enough to build a really great school in the town of Nubbunga, complete with 10 classrooms
, a staff room
, teacher’s housing for 5 people
, a playfield
, a kitchen
, two offices
, a veggie garden
, access to clean water
, 2 meals a day for all students
, and areas for cows, pigs and chickens. YEP, ALL THAT. Pretty amazing, huh? As COF very excellently put it, “We are not just building a school, we are building a future for an entire community.”
I totally get that sometimes you do not want to haul your butt out of bed and sit through double history and study for exams, but these very special people would do anything for that chance. It makes you realize how blessed we actually are. So in the spirit of being an absolute legend, and Christmas and that, give the gift that keeps on giving this festive season and spread the love a little further.