Two Vermont icons have joined forces to have fun and help others as the world spins toward the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Ben & Jerry's, legendary ice cream makers, have launched a new flavor named after Hannah Teter, gold medalist in snowboarding halfpipe at the 2006 Oympics in Torino, Italy. Proceeds from sales will benefit Teter's charity, Hannah's Gold, which supports humanitarian projects in Kenya.
Maple Blondie is a maple ice cream with blonde brownie chunks and a maple caramel swirl.
Ben & Jerry's video explanation of the flavor reads: "Introducing Hannah Teter, 2006 gold medalist, X-games medalist, humanitarian, and now inspiration for a Ben & Jerry's flavor, Hannah Teter's Maple Blondie, maple ice cream with blonde brownie chunks & a maple caramel swirl. For every pint made and every pint sold a percentage of the proceeds will benefit Hannah's Gold, directly affecting 20,000 people in the village of Kirindon, Kenya. Good luck in Vancouver, Hannah."
Teter's Web site, Hannah's Gold, states: "What does snowboarding have to do with Africa? I started Hannah's Gold because I've always felt like there is a lot that needs to be done in the world, and who better to do it than me? I approached the Olympics with that mind-set, of wanting to help out, and be a positive role model for those out there that need one. Growing up in Vermont and making maple syrup with my family was very special, so selling maple syrup to help others is an amazing opportunity... Through donating all my contest winnings, selling maple syrup, and organic cotton/hemp sweatbands, I hope we can accomplish the goal of supporting my community with beautiful, clean water. I chose to sponsor Kirindon, because they were a suffering area at the time when I was looking to help out in a big way. So we fit perfectly."