Primary School Goes Bananas for Fairtrade Fortnight

Scotmid Co-operative paid a visit to Cambusnethan Primary School recently to support its Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations.

Scotmid’s Fairtrade ambassadors gave a talk to pupils about how switching to Fairtrade products means better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers.

The retail co-operative also provided a Fairtrade banana for every pupil in the school and donated vouchers to help them start up a Fairtrade enterprise.

Rosemary McDougall, Deputy Head Teacher at the school, said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and Q&A session delivered by Scotmid and were keen to find out more about Fairtrade and its importance in society today.

“The school also received a generous donation and the children have decided to use the money to purchase Easter goodies which will be used as part of an enterprising event run by one class in the school.”

Jim Gilchrist, (pictured above with pupils) a member of Scotmid Co-operative’s West Regional Committee, said “We have championed Fairtrade since its introduction to Scotland 20 years ago and are proud of being the first Scottish retailer to stock Fairtrade products. 

“We’re delighted to have been invited to Cambusnethan Primary School to share the ideal of Fairtrade with the children, allowing them to connect with the people who grow the produce that we all depend on.”

The Fairtrade Foundation supports the development of thriving farming and worker communities to ensure they gain more control over their futures and protecting the environment in which they live and work.

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