Fair Trade down to a T

Talented pupils from four Edinburgh schools have been announced as joint winners of a Fair Trade t-shirt design contest organised by the City of Edinburgh Council.

The artistic youngsters picked up their prizes from Lord Provost George Grubb at a busy Fairtrade Fortnight event held at Stenhouse Primary School on Wednesday 9 March.

The t-shirt design competition was organised by the City of Edinburgh Council through the Eco Schools network.

Lord Provost George Grubb said: "Congratulations to all the children who entered this competition - the standard of entries was very impressive and the judges were delighted to see how much thought had gone into the Fair Trade designs."

The Lord Provost also presented the Fair Trade Schools award to this year's winning school, St Catherine's RC Primary School.

Those attending the event also heard from Ken Mkangala, Manager of the Ntchisi Macadamia Co-operative Union in Malawi, which hopes to be the first producer of Fair Trade Macadamia nuts for sale in the United Kingdom.

A wide range of events have been happening across Edinburgh for Fairtrade Fortnight, including a fair trade Pancake Breakfast in Princes Street, a "Be Fair with Fashion" event in Queensferry and the Fair Trade Schools Event and Lord Provost Fair Trade Schools Award at Stenhouse Primary School.

About the winning t-shirt designs:

Design 1: Designed by Greig Dighton, P6, Pentland Primary School. The panel chose this design as they loved the strong message: "Lets Be Fair to Other People with Fair Trade". The circular design is very effective with the two figure - a banana farmer and an office worker - holding hands.

Design 2: Designed by Lucy Godfrey, P7, Dalry Primary School. This design jumped out at the panel because it was simple but very striking, with a picture of two yellow bananas drawn in a heart shape with the words "Love Fairtrade" underneath.

Design 3: Designed by Silvano Marcantonio, S1, St Augustine's RC High School. This strong design also impressed the panel, with its striking picture of a Fairtrade Hero drawn in the colours of the Fairtarde Mark. The panel thought this would look great on any t-shirt.

Design 4: Designed by Robyn Blair,  S2, St Mary's Music School. The panel liked this delicate design as it focuses on cotton; it has two hands lifting up a handful of raw cotton with two green shoots bursting out from the top. A perfect design for this year's "Show off your label" theme, which focuses on cotton.

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