This month we’re taking a look at two awesome brands that put charity front and centre of their businesses, plus we find the perfect outlet for monkeys with too much energy to burn (hint: may involve swinging from the ceiling).
An overseas import that’s well worth the $89 shipping cost, these tees by UK parenting blogazine Selfish Mother are stylish, comfortable and are raising money for some extremely worthwhile causes. The best-selling “Mother” tees are made from organic cotton, and all profits from their sale goes to Women for Women International, a charity that operates in war-torn regions to help women rebuild their lives. Not a mum? The universally relatable “Winging It” tees raise funds for disabled children and their carers, while the “Human” range benefits The Refugee Council. Munchkins can get in on the action with their own chic and charitable line of togs.
Adult tees cost GBP30 ($326) and kids tees cost GBP18 ($195) from shop.selfishmother.com
Founded by mum-of-three Jennie Peterson, Henry & Brothers makes super-soft and breathable baby blankets, swaddles, bibs and sleep sacks from 100 percent yarn-dyed cotton. Ideal for Hong Kong humidity, the lightweight blankets are perfect for travelling tots who can’t sleep without their special cuddly, and come in packs of three, making them a smart solution to those heart-sinking “But I thought YOU packed his blankie?” moments at the boarding gate. But it’s not all about the shopportunities; this year Henry and Brothers have donated thousands of brand new bibs and burp cloths to selected children’s charities, including Po Leung Kuk here in Hong Kong, and are made to high ethical standards in Chinese factories that reject child labour and support local schools. Add them to your socially conscious baby shower list and make your tot look even more angelic as they snooze.
Blankets cost from $120-$399, depending on size and style. Buy in store at Tiny Footprints, 10/F, 1 Duddell St., Central. www.facebook.com/henryandbros.
Welcome to the Jungle
As it’s now prime summer camp booking time, make sure you get in on the (circus) act before it’s too late with this exciting, high-octane camp from Jungle Paradise. Unique in Hong Kong, if only for the fact that it’s suitable for kids aged from six up to to 17, junior acrobats will master daredevil aerial skills, including trapeze, hoops and silks, all the while improving their balance and coordination. Supervised by fully trained instructors and with a choice of either Sai Kung and Sheung Wan locations available, this five-day course lets them test-drive the life of a Cirque De Soleil performer without even having to board a ferry to Macau.