School’s fair trade partnership will ensure a good deal
A TEACHER and student at All Hallows are launching their own business venture.
Sixth Form student Chen Ji and business and enterprise teacher Jane Lynch have joined forces with the Naturally Different store in Macclesfield to sell Fairtrade products to students.
Jane and Steve Clares, of Naturally Different, will supply the college with Fairtrade-certified products including chocolate bars by Divine and hand-made trinket boxes from Asia.
The College will sell these in The Pod, a micro-building that successfully serves as The College Shop with profits made being donated to The Fairtrade Foundation.
Chen Ji is a member of the Macclesfield Fairtrade Town Group and is passionate about raising awareness of Fairtrade in the community.
She says this initiative will incorporate Fairtrade into daily school life at All Hallows.
She said “Fairtrade has for many years been an important part of All Hallows.
“By paying marginally more for Fairtrade products, producers in developing countries can have fairer wages and a better quality of life.
“This shows compassion and honourable purpose, two of All Hallows’ five moral Core Values.
“The opportunity Jane and Steve has offered All Hallows will be a wonderful way to make this vital social responsibility movement an even more integral part of our College.”
Chen will be supported by year 10 students Katy Chuter and Katie Wilson who are on the student management team that runs the pod.
Tony Billings, executive principal at All Hallows, said “I am delighted with the way our students take the issue of Fairtrade so seriously.
“There is such a strong desire, driven by Christian values, to make a positive difference in our world.
“I would love to introduce our students to one or two world leaders - they are very persuasive!”
Students and teachers modelled at the fundraising fashion show
Above, Katie Wilson, Chen Ji, and Katy Chuter will be selling the fair trade products, right: Chen Ji came up with the idea