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CBS students embrace Fairtrade Fortnight in Roscommon town
By Mairead O' Shea

Students from Roscommon CBS embraced the recent Fairtrade Fortnight by promoting products with the Fairtrade logo as well as organising some novelty events.

Roscommon town received its status as a Fairtrade town in February 2008 with many shops and restaurants now offering a range of Fairtrade products.

Products such as coffee, tea, bananas, cocoa, rice, sugar, juice and clothes are on sale around Roscommon town.

The Transition Years of Roscommon CBS carried out a poster and flyer blitz in shops in Roscommon to promote Fairtrade products. The students also conducted a survey to see how many more Fairtrade products were available.

"The boys of the CBS secondary school did their part to promote fair-trade by distributing information flyers and conducting a survey of local shoppers. They found many people knew about fair-trade. Just 16% of people had not heard of fair-trade, 84% had, 40% don't buy fair-trade but 60% do. Only 12% of people surveyed thought it was a bad idea while 88% said it was a good idea. Only 48% of businesses knew Roscommon was a Fairtrade town," said Fairtrade committee member in Roscommon town Liam Stephens.

The CBS students also had a stand at the Farmers' Market on Friday with free Fairtrade coffee and Fairtrade products available locally. Thanks were extended to the Abbey Hotel, the Tatie Hooker for supplying hampers and produce and Gleeson's Townhouse for supplying the complimentary coffee.

Transition Year students also held a game of 5 a side soccer wearing Fairtrade t-shirts and using a Fairtrade football. The referee was dressed as a Fairtrade banana!.

All junior and senior classes in the CBS studied Fairtrade in the recent weeks as part of the Geography programme.

"The students and Mrs Partner, their teacher, hope it helped remind everyone that Roscommon is one of the first Fairtrade towns in the west and many shops offer a range of Fairtrade products," said Mr Stephens.

In a time of deepening recession worldwide, trade is needed more than ever in the developing world and through supporting Fairtrade you can help the most vulnerable in society by giving them a fair price for their produce.

In a novel way to promote Fairtrade products, Fairtrade Worldwide has urged people all over the world to swap their regular purchases like tea and coffee for Fairtrade marked items in an effort to increase the profile of such products.

The Fairtrade committee of Roscommon would like to sincerely thank all those people in Roscommon who buy Fairtrade products and support this very worthy cause. Check out fairtrade.ie for more information.

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