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Fairtrade Christmas Card Competition winners revealed with help of new ambassador Róisín Upton

Pictured are the overall winners, Senior Section: Olga Kyrychenko, Laurel Hill Secondary School, Limerick and Junior Section: Izzy Duggan, Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, Roxborough, with Fair-trade ambassador Roisin Upton and Mayor of Limerick City and County Council, Cllr. James Colins.: Alan Place

Róisín Upton has joined schools from around the city and county to encourage to think Fairtrade this Christmas.

Mayor of the City and County James Collins met with pupils from a variety of schools at the City Hall on Tuesday to promote the Fairtrade message and to help celebrate Fairtrade Limerick’s 13th birthday.

The students created Christmas cards centred on the Fairtrade message of promoting fair trading practices between Ireland and developing countries.

Pictured were Corpus Christi Moyross pupils, Clara McCarthy, Katie McNamara and Amber Daly. Picture: Alan Place

The overall winners were:

Junior Section: Izzy Duggan, Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, Roxborough

Senior Section: Olga Kyrychenko, Laurel Hill Secondary School, Limerick

The cards will be reproduced and distributed to a variety of shops, cafes and local businesses that have been supporters of Fairtrade.

Addressing the pupils from schools across Limerick, Mayor James Collins said “Everyone in life has a choice, whether to eat loads of junk food or to eat healthily; to walk, cycle or be driven to school; to do good things or bad.”

That in essence of Fairtrade.  It is caring about where your food and drinks come from.  We’ve all heard of the plight of single-use cup or the plastic straw.”

“Choosing Fairtrade means that you care how the product was produced, who produced it and what benefit they get.”

Pictured were, Mayor of Limerick City and County Cllr. James Colins and Donoughmore NS pupil, Holly Kearns.: Alan Place

Hockey Star Roisin Upton, who was unveiled as a Fairtrade Ambassador, said: “I am delighted to be involved with Fairtrade – when I was at school I never had the opportunity to be involved in such a fantastic competition like this.  Massive congratulations to all award winners you are much more artistic than I was. You are blessed with artistic genes”.

Dolores O’Meara, Chair of the Limerick City Fairtrade Committee said: We can no longer ignore the impact that climate change, global trading and political events are having on people in the developing world.  We, in the developed world, have the power to bring about change by making the right choices.”

Pictured were, Cratloe NS pupils, Rachel Murphy and Niamh Healy. Picture: Alan Place

“We can choose to reduce our carbon footprint and, by choosing Fairtrade items when we shop, we can ensure that producers in the developing world enjoy a sustainable living.  I would encourage Limerick consumers to put some Fairtrade items in the shopping basket this Christmas.”

The gathering in Istabraq Hall also marked the 13th anniversary of Limerick city as a Fairtrade City.

Further information on how the Fairtrade programme operates is available at www.fairtrade.ie.

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