Students Promote Fairtrade
As part of the national Fairtrade Fortnight, students at Falmouth Marine School have been swapping hot drinks and sweets for their Fairtrade equivalent.
The Falmouth Marine School Student Union Committee set up the event to support this year's Fairtrade Fortnight campaign ‘The Big Swap'.
Students gave staff and students free samples of Fair-trade tea, coffee, hot-chocolate, sugar and sweets to encourage the use of Fairtrade goods and products. Whilst handing out the popular alternatives, they used the opportunity to highlight the campaign and encourage people to sign-up a petition showing their support for Fairtrade at Cornwall College.
The Big Swap ran across the nation for two weeks from 22nd February until 5th March. Fairtrade are asking the nation to swap anything possible for its Fairtrade equivalent from bananas to cotton socks to tea and coffee. The campaign hopes to reach one million and one swaps during the two weeks.
Many students and staff took part in the swap over the two weeks with the petition collecting over 100 signatures.
Phil Sanger, Course Manager on the Watersports National Diploma course commented: "It was a lovely free cup of tea!"
James Connolly, CCSU Diversity Officer at Falmouth Marine School said: "It was great fun, lots of people signed-up, and more people are now aware of the effects of Fairtrade".
Dave Linnell OBE, Principal of Cornwall College commented: "This was a great way to raise awareness of a great cause. Well done to all the students who organised it and for everybody at the Marine School for supporting it."