Our Education Volunteer Maureen Thomson has been extremely busy over the recent Fairtrade Fortnight. During half term, she encouraged families in Havant to come together to create two Fairtrade sculptures, “Mr and Mrs Fairtrade“, that have been touring the local area for a whole week during the fortnight.
On the first day (Monday), the sculptures were featured in a “Hungry For Change” assembly at St Paul’s Primary School, Portsmouth.
On Tuesday, the Mayor of Havant and councillors Gerald and Elaine Shimbart were joined by students from St Thomas More’s school, who helped give Fairtrade bananas and chocolate to surprised council staff as they arrived for work.
The next day, the sculptures joined the Havant Fairtrade group to give out Fairtrade chocolate to the students at Oaklands secondary school. The group was impressed by how much the students already knew about Fairtrade products.
The next two days were packed with school visits. Mauren was welcomed at Chidham Parochial Primary School and Corpus Christi school in Portsmouth for assemblies on Fairtrade. At Chidham, Adika the puppet also made an appearance to help reception children imagine how far away some of the food we buy comes from. At Corpus Christi, Maureen was treated to a delicious soup lunch in aid of CAFOD and delivered a special Hungry for Change assembly for KS2 children.
On Saturday evening, the sculptures joined the Fairtrade supper at the Havant United Reform Church and met with Mugeni Sumba (our great supporter and RE teacher at Oaklands!). He spoke about how climate change is affecting his native Kenya and how those who work in the flower industry, for example, wish their farms were Fairtrade because the conditions are so much better.
Back to school visits on Monday morning! This time it was the turn of St Thomas More’s school in Havant, to thank pupils for all the excellent work they were doing to achieve the Fairtrade School status. During Fairtrade week, students made artwork from Fairtrade wrappers, designed posters for the plaza in the Civic Offices and held a Fairtrade tea party. Their headteacher, Colin Flannagan, had also challenged each class to collect as much change as possible for CAFOD over Lent using mini cereal boxes.
Finally, Mr and Mrs Fairtrade visited Havant town centre for a Fairtrade coffee morning. They were pretty exhausted by then but really happy about their week!
A big thank you goes to Maureen for her incredible efforts and creativity, and to everyone in Portsmouth and Havant who have welcomed the Fairtrade visitors and who are supporting CAFOD in all sorts of ways. Thanks everyone!