Fairtrade Fortnight Fun

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe Sheffield Winter Garden hosted an unusual fun event celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight when artist Naomi Gordon worked with pupils from St Thomas of Canterbury School, a local Catholic Voluntary Academy, to create various installations from recycled Fairtrade packaging. Organised by the Sheffield Methodist District, the event aimed to promote the use of Fairtrade goods and ingredients.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe pupils were all from Year 6 and are the school “Fairtraders”. Working with Naomi, they began by making brightly coloured Fairtrade bananas as tall as themselves. Next they spelt out the word Fairtrade from all sorts of recycled wrappings and packaging. Then they created three models of banana palm trees. Afterwards the results of all their hard work were displayed at the gallery at 35 Chapel Walk for passers-by to see, to whom the children offered free Fairtrade bananas and chocolate bars.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASheffield Live TV spent much of the day filming the children working, and interviewed them and their teachers about Fairtrade. This was broadcast later that evening.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERADistrict Chair Rev Gill Newton took part, and said afterwards “This was a great event. Young people who are committed to the cause of Fairtrade having fun creating things which convey a serious message. Through this exciting and fun activity we hoped to make people more aware of the importance of Fairtrade and how they can support farmers and growers to get a fair return for their work.”