Pupils promote Fairtrade

Spreading the word about Fairtrade goods were Cromwell College pupils (from left) Josh Thompson ...
Spreading the word about Fairtrade goods were Cromwell College pupils (from left) Josh Thompson (12), Danielle Silvester (13), Matt Beaumont (14) and Connor Offen (13). Photo by Lynda Van Kempen.
Cromwell College pupils went bananas yesterday.

Eighteen year 5 and 6 pupils, some dressed as giant bananas, took to the streets at lunch time and attempted to convince consumers to buy Fairtrade goods in supermarkets.

The pupils, from the college's half-day school for gifted and talented pupils, were armed with leaflets and cards to promote Fairtrade goods. Teacher Jilly O'Brien said the pupils had been looking at Fairtrade and the issues of trade justice.

"I'm very impressed with them," Mrs O'Brien said.

"Asking teenagers to talk to people about something they're studying is one thing - dressing up in banana suits is another."

Pupil Matt Beaumont hoped the efforts of the college pupils would have a chain effect.

"The more consumers that demand Fairtrade products, the bigger impact we'll have," Matt said.

"That will have a flow-on effect right through to the producers, which is what we want."

 

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