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College is flying the flag for Fairtrade


A sea of Fairtrade cotton bunting designed by Leicester College learners filled the corners of the College campuses social spaces and refectory areas to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, a national event held from 28 February to 13 March 2011.

To mark the event, learners from across the College designed a flag each to show what Fairtrade means to them and as a call for trade justice for workers across the developing world.  On judging the flag designs, College Deputy Principal, Quality, Planning & Corporate Services, Dr Don Brooks chose Abigail Cranage’s design as the winning entry.  Abigail was presented with the prize of an MP4 player by Principal Maggie Galliers.

Abigail said: “I was surprised to be picked as the winner of the flag design competition.  I tried to incorporate different aspects of Fairtrade into my design.”

Paul Johnston, Commercial Catering Manager and organiser of the competition at Leicester College said: “Leicester College supports ethical causes and events like this generate interest and awareness of Fairtrade products. It was a tough competition but Abigail’s entry stood out as it was simple and effective”.

The Leicester College learner’s flags have joined lines of bunting provided by schools, colleges and other organisations across Leicester in St Martin’s Square.  They will then contribute to the national Guinness World Record attempt to make the longest and fairest- ever piece of bunting.  Organised by the Fairtrade Foundation, the lines of bunting will be put up on Saturday 8 May 2011 in an attempt to break the record and to mark World Fair Trade Day.