Warming communitea initiative

Jen Murray is warming the bellies of tea lovers and the hearts of local charitable organisations. Photo: Nikki South.

Who likes a good cup of tea? Or herbal tea in this case. Combine that with a love for supporting charitable organisations or not-for-profit groups and you have Communi-Tea Fundraising.

Local business woman Jen Murray has just launched the initiative and has partnered with some high-profile associations to help with their fundraising efforts.

“The idea is to make a fundraising strategy as easy as possible for the groups to be involved with,” says Jen. “This frees them up to focus on the great work they do based on what their actual purpose is.”

Using an exclusive herbal tea product from England, Jen organises the sales of Dr Stuart’s Extraordinarily Good Teas through her website. When a purchase is made the buyer nominates which group they wish to support, then $1 from each box goes to that group. To keep things simple Jen takes care of everything from the purchase to courier delivery.

“I see organisations who have to rely on massive amounts of volunteer labour to help with fundraising efforts and I wanted to change that,” says Jen. “With the growth of social media and personal networking we can really utilise these tools to do good.”

Jen is proud to announce local partnerships with both Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga, Multicultural Tauranga and Age Concern Tauranga.

Service manager for Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust Helen Alice says she loves the idea of partnering with a business that wants to support the community in this way and that the teas look to be good quality and with a great range of tea types.

All money raised from the partnership with Communi-Tea Fundraising will go back to providing support services for those in the Western Bay of Plenty who are going through breast cancer. These include services such as dinner deliveries and oncology massage.

Fundraising efforts for Age Concern Tauranga will contribute towards the organisation’s assisted shopping service that supports the older person to do their regular shopping themselves and maintain their independence.

To learn more or to support your local organisation go to: www.communiteafundraising.co.nz or www.facebook.com/communiteafundraising