Grant Denyer introduces a Fun Alternative to Chocolate for School Fundraising

When fundraising, many schools, sports and community groups reach for the traditional sugary treats.  But in a bid to provide a healthier alternative, Australasia’s most trusted garden care business YATES have created Raise A Patch.  YATES Raise A Patch have teamed up with TV personality Grant Denyer plus puppet Cedric the Gnome in this campaign with Grant urging fundraisers to to abandon the traditional chocolate fundraiser in favour of using seeds for flowers, herbs and vegetables.


RAISE A PATCH provides a new way for kids to raise funds for their school, sporting club or community group, while also having fun growing things in the garden and learning about healthy food choices along the way. This fun initiative helps provide kids with an opportunity to learn about where their food comes from, encourages more children into the garden and increases awareness of sustainable living – all while raising double the money for important projects and helping families save on grocery bills.

How does it work?

It’s easy – anyone who wants to fundraise can simply visit fundraising.yates.com.au and order a carry box of either 25 or 50 packet seeds. There are loads of packet combinations to choose from with seeds for any time of the year, to grow a range of flowers, vegetables and fruit.

Then it’s up to you! The website and Facebook page include loads of fun ideas for kids to sell their seeds, downloadable assets and video content for inspiration.

Earn Valuable Funds

A pack of 25 packet seeds costs $40 to purchase and the RRP for each packet of seeds is $4. That means a profit of $60 per carry box. A carry box of 50 packet seeds costs $75 to purchase, making you a $125 profit when all the packet seeds are sold.

Who is Cedric the Gnome?

Cedric is Yates’ new puppet ambassador, who stars in a series of funny kid-friendly videos, which explain how the initiative works and provides gardening and fundraising tips. Cedric, however, has completely different ideas about why RAISE A PATCH is so important, with his main concern being the rising number of homeless gnomes and almost-extinct fairy population. Cedric wants children to help grow gardens, to make homes for gnomes and save the fairies.

To find out more about YATES® RAISE A PATCH™, including how to kick start a fundraiser for your school or community, visit fundraising.yates.com.au and watch Cedric the Gnome in action on Yates YouTube Channel.

Author: Laurice Klaire

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