School’s fair trade part­ner­ship will en­sure a good deal

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

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

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