Plymouth students promote Fairtrade
STUDENTS at City College Plymouth hosted a fairtrade event to raise awareness of disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries.
Second year hospitality and event planning students at the college hosted a Fairtrade Festival to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.
The college is a Fairtrade College meaning it has made a commitment to support and use fairtrade products which ensures disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries get a better deal.
There were a number of college departments involved in the event including hair and beauty, skills for life and hospitality.
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A local DJ also provided live music and there were cooking demonstrations, face painting and stalls from national brands including Sainsbury's and Lush.
Robyn Lockhart, one of the students involved in the event, said: "I personally feel privileged to have been involved with the Fairtrade Festival this year.
"I really want to help other people my own age understand what it is and what a good cause it is.
"We as a group are all extremely thrilled to have had the opportunity to plan and host such a brilliant event.
"We have never planned such a big event before; being given the opportunity to be involved in the planning provided us with invaluable experience which we can take into the workplace."
And Laura Wellington, sustainability officer at the college, said the college shows its commitment to the cause every year because it is important.
She added: "This important cause helps to promote better prices, develop respectable working conditions, encourage local sustainability and ensure that farmers in developing countries receive fair terms of trade.
"As a result, each year we show our commitment to Fairtrade Fortnight.
"However, this year we went bigger and better."