Millbrook Fairtrade cafe raises cash for polio eradication
After a talk by members of Rotary Club Swindon Old Town last November about the campaign to eradicate polio worldwide, youngsters at Freshbrook’s Millbrook Primary School raised £150 by organising a cafe selling Fairtrade sourced products on two days in June.
“We decided to take a deeper approach to ‘Africa’ by looking at the specific issues affecting farmers who grow our food,” said deputy headteacher Helen Bartley. “The children loved linking what they had learnt about the Rotary effort to eradicate polio by doing something practical to help the people get a fair price for growing tea, coffee and cocoa through the Fairtrade scheme.”
Maame Achemompong said, “we saw a film about Tabitha in India who had to carry water from a well to her house, but she couldn’t drink it because it had polio in it.”
Ethan Ward described how pupils took on different tasks to run the cafe. “Some of us cooked the cakes, others served and others were cashiers. It was really good to raise so much money for farmers and to help stop polio.”
Anne Gomes said she had learnt a lot. “We were able to tell parents and friends who came to the cafe about trying to stop polio across the world and also how we must try to help people who grow food get money for their families.”
David Pratt of the Rotary Club said he was delighted how Millbrook had taken the anti-polio campaign to its heart. “This kind of support is taking place across the planet; it really is a worldwide community effort to get rid of this most terrible of diseases.”
Right, Millbrook’s Fairtrade cafe organisers hand over a box of coins for the Rotary worldwide campaign to David Pratt of Rotary Club Swindon Old Town
Fair wind for Fairtrade pioneers at Bridlewood
Pupils and staff at Bridlewood Primary School in Redhouse are proud to be one of the first schools in Swindon to be working towards achieving Fairtrade status.
Fairtrade coordinator Kerrie Stone said, “we have set up a Fairtrade committee composed of a representative from each class and including our catering manager, and we have produced a list of actions which is to be part of the school development plan.”
The school is also making sure it sources Fairtrade tea, coffee, cookery and sports products and the first Fairtrade event was the cake stall at the fete in June.
North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson who attended to sample cupcakes made from Fairtrade products, said, “it’s fantastic that Bridlewood could be the town’s first Fairtrade school. It’s a credit to the pupils and staff who are committed to making it happen and I wish them all the best.”
Year 5 pupil and Fairtrade committee member Aimee Davenport-Banks said, “it takes a year to get Fairtrade status. We’ve been learning how crops are grown and how people can be paid a good price for them.”
Jordan Eagle, also Year 5, said “we all think we should be helping people who grow food in other countries.”
Needless to say the Fairtrade stall sold out of cakes very quickly.
Right, Justin, with Kerrie Stone and Year 5 pupils