The Cheshire campus supported this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight campaign with a mix of activities and events over two weeks to help raise awareness and show support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing counties.
Running from February 27 to March 12, a range of events were held around the campus involving hundreds of staff and students. From free coffees to film screenings, sport competitions to T-shirt designing, all of the activities helped to raise awareness of the importance of supporting ethically sourced products.
Staff and students enjoyed free hot drinks from the Student Zone on the mornings of Tuesday February 28 and Thursday March 9 with hundreds of Fairtrade beverages given away.
On March 2, a free screening of the Leonardo DiCaprio thriller Blood Diamond – a film which looks at the effects of ‘conflict diamonds’ on South Africa took place in the Student Zone. Attending staff and students enjoyed free Fairtrade bag of sweets and a drink.
Using footballs, netballs and kit provided by Fairtrade sports company Bala Sport, staff took on students in netball and football matches which took place on March 1 and 8 respectively. The student teams were victorious in both matches, winning the netball match 27-15 and the football match 13-8. The student teams each won a Fairtrade hamper of goodies to share.
The Crewe library hosted a Fairtrade T-shirt designing competition as well as a ‘Mugshot’ picture game where a celebrity or famous character’s face was obscured and students guessed their identity with the winners receiving Fairtrade snacks as prizes.
In 2008, Manchester Metropolitan University gained accreditation from the UK’s Fairtrade Foundation as a Fairtrade University. To maintain our accreditation, we continue to demonstrate a commitment to the principles of Fairtrade – this includes supporting Fairtrade Fortnight. To find out more about our commitments to Fairtrade, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/environment