Limerick students reminded that “Fairtrade organisation more important than ever” at Fairtrade Limerick 17th Birthday
Fairtrade Limerick 17th Birthday was celebrated at a reception at Limerick City and County Council, Merchants Quay hosted by Mayor of Limerick City and County Council, Francis Foley with winning artists from the Christmas Card competition, Aoife Velayati, 2nd Year, Laurel Hill Secondary School and Kate Hennessy, 5th Class, Scoil Dean Cussen, Bruff.
As part of the awareness programme, the students created Christmas Cards centred on the Fairtrade message of promoting fair trading practices between Ireland and developing countries
Students from schools across Limerick have been told that climate change is making the work of the Fairtrade organisation more important than ever.
The appeal came as pupils visited Limerick City and County Council Headquarters, Merchant’s Quay on Tuesday, November 29 to promote the Fairtrade message and to help celebrate Fairtrade Limerick 17th Birthday.
As part of the awareness programme, the students created Christmas Cards centred on the Fairtrade message of promoting fair trading practices between Ireland and developing countries.
Cards were created by pupils of all ages, ranging from five up to 18 and involved schools across the city and county, illustrating what Fairtrade means to them.
Overall winner in the Primary School Category was Kate Hennessy, Scoil Dean Cussen Bruff and the Overall winner in Secondary School Category was Aoife Velayati, Laurel Hill Secondary School, SC Rd.
Addressing the pupils from schools across Limerick, Mayor of Limerick City and County Cllr Franis Foley said “Choosing Fairtrade means that you care how the product was produced, who produced it and what benefit they get.”
“It means taking a look behind the brands, the messages and get to the real story behind the product. That is what Fairtrade is about! There are over 1.7 million producers, farmers and workers spread across more than 75 countries in the world participating in Fairtrade with sales in 2017 reaching 9.2 billion US Dollars.”
Announcing the winners of this year’s school’s Christmas Card, Fairtrade Limerick said the challenges being faced by farmers in Ireland are mirrored by farmers in the developing world.
Dolores O’Meara, Chair of the Limerick City Fairtrade Committee said: “‘People across the globe are finding life tough in 2022. We are all concerned about rising prices, the uncertainty of energy supplies and the impact of climate change. These issues have a far greater impact on those living in the developing world where they have little or no governmental supports. One way in which we improve their situation is to support them through Fairtrade. We can put products with the Fairtrade logo such as Fairtrade tea, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, bananas, biscuits into our shopping baskets and provide Fairtrade farmers/producers with a living income to help them survive these global challenges.’
The gathering in City Hall also marked the 17th anniversary of Limerick City as a Fairtrade City.
Limerick City was awarded status as a Fairtrade City in 2005 thanks to the concerted efforts of local people to ensure that Fairtrade produce was made widely available.
It shows Limerick City’s commitment to supporting a fairer trading system with developing countries.
The Fairtrade programme ensures that producers in developing countries receive a fair price for their products. A minimum price for negotiations between producer and purchaser is set in order to ensure the producers are guaranteed a sustainable business. However, if the market price is higher than this minimum price set, then the purchaser must pay the market price.
Further information on how the Fairtrade programme operates is available at www.fairtrade.ie.
Highly Commended: Charlese Hannon, Maizie Maher, Rafael Cassiano, Ria O’Donoghue, Our Lady of Lourdes, Rosbrien ; Darragh Nelligan, Harry White, Daniel Gleeson, James Hanley, Conor Lane, Courtenay NS, Newcastlewest; Lauren O Leary, Dafydd Jones, Aisling Reale, Inga Blaskowska, Meabh Casey, Faye Reardon, Peter Sadlier, Kevin Reale, Scoil Dean Cussen Bruff; Carli Garry, Knockea NS, Co Limerick; Leticija Telnere, Emma Gleeson, Casey Griffith, Mariya Shoji, Scoil Iosaf, Newcastle West; Eimear Hipopito, Milford NS Castletroy; Luke Guiney, St Mary’s Boys’ NS Abbeyfeale; Liam Stack, St John’s NS Cratloe; Izzy Madigan, Aisling Curran, Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, Roxborough; La Na Duong Juan, Laurel Hill Secondary School, SC Rd; Sean Merrick, Lily Chan, John the Baptist Community School, Hospital ; Anna OShaughnessy, Jake Ryan, McAuley School, Limerick; Kate Dillon, Chloe Roche, Scoil na Trionoide Naofa, Doon