Fair trade fan ‘a su­per­hero’

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Pri­mary school teacher Keren Rego is the win­ner of the in­au­gu­ral Fair­trade Sup­porter Award.

The awards were set up by Fair­trade Aus­tralia New Zealand to ac­knowl­edge in­di­vid­u­als who cham­pion the con­cept within their com­mu­ni­ties.

Rego has been ed­u­cat­ing her stu­dents and other staff at Pt Che­va­lier School about the ben­e­fits of buy­ing fair trade prod­ucts.

She has set up a fair trade class at the school and or­gan­ised nu­mer­ous events in­clud­ing a street march to a nearby su­per­mar­ket.

‘‘When it comes to so­cial jus­tice, she is a su­per­hero,’’ awards judge Rachael Le Mesurier says.

‘‘With never-end­ing en­thu­si­asm, she has taught and in­spired gen­er­a­tions of kids about fair trade, sus­tain­abil­ity and how to make the world a bet­ter place.’’

Rego was pre­sented with her sur­prise award at a school assem­bly on Au­gust 15.

‘‘I am very pas­sion­ate about fair trade and not a week goes by with­out a child in my own year 1 class or an­other class rush­ing up to me in the play­ground with a fair trade sticker or pic­ture for me, which is a lovely re­minder that my en­thu­si­asm is pay­ing off,’’ she says.

Rego will also have the op­por­tu­nity to travel to a fair trade co­op­er­a­tive in Costa Rica next year.

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