Madeleine (12) wins Fairtrade T-shirt design contest

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STONYHURST College student Madeleine Coulston used her artistic skills to help raise awareness of the Fairtrade Foundation at a special celebration at The Grand.

Local youngsters were invited to design a special t-shirt to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight and the talented 12-year-old, who attends St Mary’s Hall Stonyhurst, collected first prize with her winning design.

The Fairtrade Innovation Fund brings Fairtrade to farmers, workers and their families in the developing world, and the money raised from the pupils’ fees to enter the t-shirt competition was donated to the cause.

Crucially, Fairtrade guarantees workers a fair price for their work, safety from exploitation, and a little bit extra – the Fairtrade Premium is spent on vital community projects, hospitals and clean drinking water.

Schoolchildren at the Grand heard from African cotton farmer Massatoma Mounkoro, who was able to share with the audience the benefits Fairtrade has brought to his community in Mali, including a water well, new desks at the local school and a maternity unit in the village.

Stephanie Clarkson, The Grand’s schools and projects co-ordinator, said: “The event was a wonderful opportunity to get the pupils thinking about global citizenship and Fairtrade and how they can make a difference to the lives of other people.

“We had great support for the event from primary and secondary schools – and the winning t-shirt design will be used by Clitheroe Fairtrade Group.”

The competition runner-up was William Mason from Brennand’s Endowed Primary School, Slaidburn, and Ebony Anderson, from Bowland High School, was third.

Clitheroe Fairtrade Group will be helping promote Fairtrade at Clitheroe Food Festival and Torchlight Procession in August, and the Preston Guild Procession as part of Fairtrade in Lancashire in September and Festive Fairtrade Market at the Grand in November.

The Clitheroe Fairtrade need more volunteers. Contact fairtradeinclitheroe@gmail.com or 01200 444242.