Fair trade fan ‘a superhero’
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.