Pupils join campaign to support Fairtrade

Blackpool Schools Fairtrade Conference.  Pictured with a smoothie maker bike are Mason Goodman, Brandon Wilson, Isabelle Andrews and Jonathan Talbot.

Blackpool Schools Fairtrade Conference. Pictured with a smoothie maker bike are Mason Goodman, Brandon Wilson, Isabelle Andrews and Jonathan Talbot.

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Youngsters learned how the weekly shop can help children living in poverty when they took part in a conference to raise awareness of Fairtrade.

Pupils attending the Blackpool Schools Fairtrade Conference at the Winter Gardens yesterday heard via a video link from two children from Ghana.

Esther and Samuel, both 14, are from Cocoa-growing families which are members of Kuapa Kokoo, the Fairtrade cocoa co-operative that co-owns Divine Chocolate.

Fairtrade ensures farmers in developing countries receive a fair price for their produce. Blackpool is bidding to become a Fairtrade town and urging people to buy more Fairtrade products.

Jonathan Talbot, 10, of Revoe Learning Academy, said: “It will really help children who at the moment are living in poverty.

“Farmers are working their socks off trying to grow crops and then the big supermarkets are offering them very little price for it.”

Grace Gomery, nine, of St Teresa’s RC Primary School in Anchorsholme, said: “The children in Ghana don’t have as much as us, for instance in their school there are only three classrooms. So if buying Fairtrade helps them, that is a good thing.”

Coun Martin Mitchell, Blackpool Council’s Fairtrade champion, added: “We are in the midst of trying to make Blackpool a Fairtrade town.

“It’s vital to raise awareness amongst the next generation.”

For more information on Fairtrade email amanda.bennett@blackpool.gov.uk or call 07788 353506.