T h e W o r l d ’ s B i g g e s t F a i r t r a d e T a b l e C l o t h !. M a r c h 3 r d 2 0 1 0. Fair Trade Wales aims to increase awareness and engagement around Fair Trade issues in Wales, support a self-sustaining Fair Trade movement in Wales
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Fair Trade Wales aims to increase awareness and engagement around Fair Trade issues in Wales,
support a self-sustaining Fair Trade movement in Wales
and to enhance the commitment to Fair Trade in Wales of the public, private and third sectors.
As part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2010, Fair Trade Wales joined forces with 85 schools to raise awareness of Fair Trade by producing the world’s biggest Fairtrade table cloth!
The tablecloth was made from patches of Fairtrade cotton and used at a giant Fairtrade tea party for MPs and AMs, held outside Y Senedd in Cardiff Bay on March 3rd 2010.
Schools across Wales were busy designing colourful Fairtrade cotton patches on the theme of Fair Trade in the run-up to Fairtrade Fortnight 2010.
The finished patches were sewn together to create this impressive giant display!
The patches showcase each school’s artistic ability and creativity, but more importantly, the designs demonstrate the awareness and support of Fair Trade shown by the young people of Wales.
No two patches look the same; the designs focus on a wide variety of different Fair Trade issues. What the patches share, however, is an understanding of Fair Trade issues and a positive approach to change.
It’s great to see Wales’ young people united in their support of the BIG issues surrounding Fair Trade, a concept that is fully realised in the table cloth itself: when the individual cotton patches are sewn together the result is outstanding!
Enjoy this selection of photographs of the table cloth. Perhaps you can spot your school’s patch?
The tablecloth caught the attention of Wales’ AMs and generated much discussion on the topic of Fair Trade. Thanks to the efforts of the schools that contributed to the eye-catching tablecloth, an impressive 22 AMs made BIG swaps, pledging to swap a product they buy regularly to its Fair Trade alternative and added their pledges to the table cloth making it even BIGGER!- a fantastic result!
Janet Ryder AM (below) pledged to swap to Fairtrade rice and Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM (right) made his BIG swap to Fairtrade nuts. Lorraine Barrett AM (bottom right) hosted the day.
Andrew Davies AM (top left), Jane Hutt AM (top right) and John Griffiths AM (bottom left) all pledge to swap to Fairtrade flowers!
Jane Davidson AM spoke at the event (pictured below, pledging to swap to Fairtrade melons).
In her role as Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing, Jane Davidson AM works closely with global issues and is a keen supporter of Fair Trade. She was pleased to meet so many young Fairtrade enthusiasts and encouraged the pupils to keep up the good work and continue to support Fair Trade.
Pupils from Allensbank Primary School, Glantaf Community Infants School and Ysgol Gymraeg Garth Olwg attended the event to perform songs and poems and to hear from Dushantha Delwita, a Sri Lankan Fairtrade tea producer (pictured below with pupils, AMs and Fair Trade Wales staff).
Ysgol Gynradd Bronant
Ysgol Gynradd Llanilar
Ysgol Gynradd Gymunedol Dihewyd
Felinfach Primary School
Ysgol Bro Cernyw
Ysgol Glan Gele
Nercwys VCP School
Rector Drew Junior School
Trelawnyd VA School
Taliesin Junior School
Venerable Edward Morgan RC Primary
Hawarden High School
Malpas Court Primary
Ysgol Edmwnd Prys
Ysgol Eifion Wyn
Ysgol y Gorlan
Upper Rhymney Primary
Usk Church in Wales Primary
Haverfordwest VC School
St. Aidan’s VA School
Brecon High School
Bronllys CP School
Builth Wells High School
Ffynnon Gynydd Primary
Cwmdu CIW (VA) Primary School
Franksbridge C P School
Llandysilio CiW School
Llangattock CIW Primary
St Joseph's RC School
Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd
Rhondda Cynon Taff
Ferndale Infant School
Glantaf Community Infant School
Glenboi Community Primary School
Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Garth Olwg
Brynhyfryd Junior School
Clydach Junior School
Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr
Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Pontardawe
Vale of Glamorgan
St. Nicholas CW Primary
St. Joseph’s RC Primary
St Richard Gwyn High School
Johnstown Junior School
Holt Community Primary School
St Joseph's Catholic & Anglican High School
St. Christopher's School
Fair Trade Wales would like to thank all of the schools that helped make the
world’s biggest Fairtrade table cloth!
We wouldn’t have been able to do it without…
Wick and District Playgroup
Ysgol Cynwyd Sant
Coychurch Llangrallo Primary
Ysgol Y Ferch o'r Sger
Christ the King Primary
Eglwys Wen Primary
Glyn Derw High School
Meadowbank Special School
St. Bernadette’s Primary
St. Mellon’s CIW School
St. Philip Evans RC School
Herbert Thompson Infant School
Laugharne VCP School
Rhydygors Behaviour Support Centre
Ysgol Dyffryn Taf
Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn
Ysgol Gymraeg Parc y Tywyn
Ysgol y Dderwen