Waving the Banner for Fair Trade

Newcastle Emlyn are going for gold, fair trade gold that is, looking for that magic status of ‘a Fairtrade Town’.  The town started on the road to accreditation last year with some key events to promote awareness in Newcastle Emlyn; not least amongst their efforts being participation in the Fair Trade World Record success last year when bunting composed of 114,000 individual flags, made of Fairtrade cotton, naturally, was strung out in Battersea Park, London; a  powerfully symbolic gesture of unity and awareness from Fair Trade. Newcastle Emlyn’s school children contributed over 200 of the flags, which they personally designed and produced.

Newcastle Emlyn’s steering committee of Andi the secretary, Jill the owner of the BagAge shop, Kevin from the council and Margaret of Ysgol Y Ddwylan have certainly made things move in Newcastle Emlyn.  Already the Brownies, Guides, the Coop, the Church, the Secondary school and Ysgol Y Ddwylan are all actively engaged in promoting, educating and supporting Fair Trade’s work in Wales, the ONLY Fair Trade nation in the World!  Go Wales!

Ysgol Y Ddwylan is also 1 of the 900 schools in Wales seeking the status of ‘a Fairtrade School’ and the young members of their Eco committee were there to welcome Mrunal Lahankar to their school on Monday March 5th.  Mrunal, visiting from Hyderbad in India,  told the children about how Fairtrade helps her family, neighbours and friends in India to a far better quality of life; how the money from the Fairtrade premium has given them things we take for granted, such as toilets and clean drinking water. The young listeners were touched and determined to double their efforts to support their farming friends across the sea.

If Ysgol Y Ddwylan was being assessed purely on the good manners and welcome of their students, then they would get the gold award immediately; we wish them all luck in attaining the status.

Annette Owen

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