This year, the focus of Fairtrade Fortnight is calling for all bananas in the UK to be fairly traded. School children from St Thomas of Canterbury in Sheffield are calling for us to all to buy Fair trade bananas to help poorly paid food growers around the world to earn a decent living.
To support the initiative, members of the Sheffield Initiative for Fairtrade (SHIFT), together with CAFOD and supporters from across the Diocese of Hallam organised a Fairtrade day, on 3rd March at the Winter Gardens in Sheffield. Amongst the special guests there were a banana producer from Colombia and the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Vickie Priestley.
The fun activities began at 10.30am, with ‘The Great Fairtrade Bake-off”, followed, in the afternoon by ‘Foncho’s Fairground’. There were information stands along with fun activities such as fairtrade cake decorating and a banana ‘shy’ for children and young people.
Year 6 pupils from St Thomas of Canterbury took part in the junior section of the ‘Bake-off’ with Corey (Yr6) taking first prize in the ‘Taste’ section for his Chocolate Brownies. He said that the “school helped with some of the Fairtrade ingredients but they weren’t hard to find anyway. We should all buy Fairtrade, it’s better!”
Two further pupils Maddy and George (Yr 6) were joint winners in the ‘Range of Fairtrade Ingredients Used’ section. Maddy said “I’ve really enjoyed this event. I love baking and this helps promote both baking and the fact that we should always buy Fairtade.”