You can raise funds for sick and injured working animals this summer by hosting a SPANA World Tea Party.
Get involved by holding a traditional British tea party, a Moroccan mint tea party, an Ethiopian coffee morning, an Indian chai tea party, or another world-themed tea party on 9 July, or a date of your choice, to support SPANA's work.
There's a special free pack available to download for everyone taking part that includes a number of delicious recipe ideas, such as Moroccan orange cake, and tips on how to make your party a success. You can also order your free pack by post.
Actress Dame Judi Dench spent time in India while working on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films and is encouraging everyone to host an Indian-themed party, using SPANA’s recipe for chai tea.
Dame Judi said: “I’m delighted to lend my support to the SPANA World Tea Party. I fell in love with India while filming there and one of my favourite discoveries was the sweet and spicy taste of a cup of authentic chai tea. Everyone should give this delicious recipe a go and host their very own Indian chai tea party to help working animals. I saw first-hand just how important these animals are to the families that rely on them for the small income that they provide, and SPANA’s work to care for and protect them is both inspiring and essential.”
Another star of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films, Celia Imrie, is a particular fan of our recipe for coconut ladoos, which is new for 2016.
Celia said: “I am very proud to support the SPANA World Tea Party and would encourage everyone to have a go at trying out this delicious recipe for coconut ladoos. It’s one of my absolute favourite treats from India and it goes perfectly with a cup of chai tea! Hosting an Indian tea party or another world-themed party is a great excuse to get together with friends and family, try out new recipes, and raise much-needed money to help give medical care, respite and nutrition to these amazing tirelessly hard working animals I have witnessed day by day supporting the world’s poorest communities.”
Author Alexander McCall Smith, who wrote The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which is set in Botswana, is hoping people will be inspired to hold a Botswana-themed party.
Alexander said: “It’s wonderful to support the SPANA World Tea Party, and to give a helping hand to working animals in Botswana and elsewhere. I hope that many people will decide to hold a Botswana-themed tea party. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi would certainly approve. “Mind you,” says Mma Ramotswe, “no small portions please." This is a great excuse to try out some new recipes, while also raising vital funds to help sick and injured working animals and those that depend on them.”
Actress Joanna Lumley is also supporting the campaign saying: “I’m thrilled to be supporting the SPANA World Tea Party – a tea party with a difference! Whether you’re inspired to hold a Moroccan mint tea party, an Ethiopian coffee morning or another global destination takes your fancy, amaze your friends and family with your own world-themed tea party and let the exotic colours and flavours whisk you away. All the funds raised will enable SPANA to give free veterinary treatment to sick and injured working animals in the world’s poorest countries, helping both animals and the families that depend on them.”
The funds raised from donations will help SPANA provide more free veterinary treatment to working animals in developing countries across the world, including Morocco and Ethiopia. Many of the world’s poorest people rely entirely on these animals for their livelihoods, but without SPANA they often have no access to veterinary care, or the means to pay for it.
With a steaming pot of tea, delicious cakes and great conversation, you can help working animals and have a wonderful time too!
The SPANA World Tea Party fundraising pack is available to download here, or you can order one by calling 020 7831 3999 or by completing our online form.
Read more about tea and coffee around the world.
The video below shows just some of the work that was made possible last year because of supporters like you - why not watch it at your party to show people how their generosity will help working animals and those that rely on them.