Thanks to a group of health-conscious parents, it seems an iconic childhood and parenting rite of passage is now under threat.
Submitting recommendations to a NSW parliamentary inquiry into childhood obesity last week, the Federation of Parents and Citizens (P&C) Associations of NSW put forward the idea of saying goodbye to the humble boxes of Freddos and Caramello Koalas.
“Currently, many food-based fundraising involves unhealthy foods (chocolates, doughnuts etc). Many P & C Associations are now more focused on healthy options or fundraising that is removed from food-centred approaches. These include a walk-a-thon, Olympic-type events and other outdoor activities. Selling plants is an alternative to selling chocolates.”
The disappearing childhood staple: the Cadbury fundraiser boxes. Source: Cadbury.
Call us crazy, but replacing a chocolate frog with a succulent is just not on.
As Lana Hirschowitz pointed out on news.com.au on Tuesday, "When did the schoolyard become a health farm where people are given flaxseed or a 5km walk as a treat? Our kids are at school to learn more than just reading and writing — they are learning about the real world and how to live in it. Thankfully that real world has less health farms and more chocolate in it and we should learn how to handle the latter in moderation (and the former not at all)," she continued.