Frequently Asked Questions
How come you spell 'Faerie' different
The word Faerie invokes within us an older story closely related to the land, tradition, honour to uphold and following your heart. Whereas Fairy has become a simplified, shallower sense of the meaning. The later fairy is often associated with tulle wrapped damsel in distress princesses, which we feel is not the message we want to send to the younger generations. Faeries come from the land and are alive through old stories in many traditions, and by many names. We represent nature spirits that we call Faerie.
The word fairy derives from Middle English faierie (also fayerye, feirie, fairie), a direct borrowing from Old French faerie (Modern French féerie) meaning the land, realm, or characteristic activity (i.e. enchantment) of the legendary people of folklore and romance called (in Old French) faie or fee (Modern French fée). This derived ultimately from Late Latin fata, one of the personified Fates, hence a guardian or tutelary spirit.
Do you have working with children's checks
Yes we do. All faeries who work with children must have a wwcc.
Do you have Public Liability Insurance
Yes we do.
Will you hand out promotional material
We are happy to assist events by directing traffic and handing out material related to the event. We will not hand out helium balloons as these are an environmental disaster. If you are looking for fun, catchy and different promotional ideas we'd love to chat about alternatives.
Where do you travel to
Anywhere. We are available in the Perth metropolitan area however we do travel beyond. From rural WA, to the east coast of Australia and overseas- we love to be part of events big and small, close and far away. If you are prepared to cover travel expenses we would love to attend your event.
Are you a Non for Profit Organisation
No we are not. Eco Faeries is a professional entertainment company. We charge prices that align to the current market value of our services. We have a strong professional relationship with clients we work for such as councils and event organisers who annually book our services.
We work with a 'Robin Hood' theory which is a sliding scale. We earn money as professional faeries and then have the freedom to give our services to those in need. Through paid work we are a self funded group that does not ask for funding from non-sustainable companies that give away grants. Because we are contracted and paid as professional faeries, we have the freedom to spend our extra time and resources on organising workshops, programs and events, plus we are able to happily attend non-for-profit events.
Are you available to attend a non-for-profit and community event
Yes. Contact us with the details of your event. If it aligns to our environmental sustainability, community and positive family education beliefs and we are available then we will be happy to come along. We particularly love being part of family orientated educational events, equality events, tree planting, community gardens, promoting family wellbeing, arty farty play times, dancing and traditional culture.
We volunteer at one event per month. Let us know your event and if we haven't filled our volunteer quota, and it aligns to our values then we'll be there with sparkles on.
Eco Faeries has organised many event for the community with zero budget and have pulled on stalls, artists and entertainers to help out. So, we know what it feels like run a positive event with limited resources. Contact us to discuss your event and we will check availability. If you have a small budget to cover some costs we ask you to allocate whatever budget you feel suitable to cover materials and support the Eco Faeries.
Are Eco Faeries paid or volunteers
Both. We have a highly trained professional entertainment team who are paid to attend events. We also have a community group who volunteer by attending non-for-profit events, parades and help to organise events, workshops and programs
Do you visit sick or injured children
Yes we do. We love to help ease the pain of hard times for children and if that means a faerie visit will help, let us know. The visit must be approved by the hospital first and we need to know what we are allowed to bring with us such as faerie dust, bubbles, crystals etc as each situation is different. We are also happy to visit other patients while we are there if the hospital requests. We've also been asked numerous times to be part of children's last wish parties. We are happy to attend these parties too and will do our best to give everyone attending a moment of magic. This is part of our community service and we will not charge any fee.
Can I be an Eco Faerie community member
Yes you can. We are always happy to welcome new faeries into the tribe. We come in all ages, sizes, abilities, families and professionals and we welcome males too! We meet throughout the year for different projects and collaborate everyones skills and passions to achieve various things. We have many shy faeries who work in the background or who are slowly building up their confidence to be a faerie publicly. You must have a valid working with children's check or be eligible to get one, we can then go through the process of helping you get one. Contact us for details on how to get involved.
Do you attend any event
No we don't. If an event doesn't align to our environmental sustainability, community and positive family education mission we will not attend. This includes horse and greyhound races, alcohol orientated events, bucks parties, events with explicit pictures of human and animal torture/captivity and activist events with confronting and violent behaviour that is not family friendly.
Eco Faeries has a driven purpose to help the general public make positive changes in their daily lives in a fun and memorable way. While we are fiercely passionate about what we do, we feel that being part of a violent and confrontational movement is not our mission. Therefore we will say no to some events. In saying that, while we don't attend these events we do support the brave people who stand on the front line in defence of the wild places and creatures of the world such as the Sea Shepherd and the Forest Alliance. If there is a fundraiser that is family friendly and has a positive approach to the topic then we'll gladly attend.
We have a large following of families and we will always post where we are going to be on the website and social media. If we feel it is unsafe, does not set a positive example or too explicit for children to attend then we shouldn't be there either.