From football to fashion shows: More ideas for Fairtrade events
Step 1. Spreading the word
- Holding a Wear Fair fashion show
- Holding a successful Fairtrade stall
- Sweet Injustice: The chocolate game
- Winning them over: Frequently Asked Questions
Step 2. Get Fairtrade products stocked in your school or university
- Getting Fairtrade cotton uniforms and sports kits: the Wear Fair campaign
- Getting Fairtrade food stocked
- Good answers to bad excuses: Catering Mythbusting
Step 3. Becoming a Fairtrade school or university
People & Planet groups across the country have successfully tried lots of other ways to raise awareness about Fairtrade. Here are some suggestions.
- Fairtrade fashion show
- Fairtrade cafe or tuck-shop
- Human vending machine
- Fairtrade football match, ‘Un-Fair’, Tug-of-War
- Fairtrade Fortnight
Hold a Wear Fair Fairtrade fashion show
People & Planet’s brand new Wear Fair campaign aims to get schools & colleges to switch to Fairtrade cotton. 1 Billion is spent on unfair uniforms each year, uniforms made with cotton farmed by disadvantaged farmers who are trapped in poverty.
If schools swapped to Fairtrade cotton it would have a dramatic impact on the lives of thousands of farmers. But it’s not only uniforms; hoodies, sports kits, course wear and staff wear in colleges also use cotton that keeps farmers in the developing world in poverty.
Raise awareness of this campaign and get Fairtrade cotton stocked in your school or college by putting on a Wear Fair fashion show. Visit our fashion show pages for loads of handy hints and tips on where to find clothes and how to plan your show.
Ethical designer Annie Greenabelle
Enter the Wear Fair competition
What’s more, if you put on a Wear Fair fashion show you will be entered into our Wear Fair competition to win amazing prizes from cutting edge Fair Trade designers Annie Greenabelle and Emma Watson for People Tree
See how other schools, colleges & universities have put on fantastic shows:
Princethorpe college Wear Fair fashion show
Ealing & West London college Wear Fair show
UCLAN four seasons fashion show
“A Fairtrade fashion show doesn´t take much organising; a few emails to suppliers (find help on who to contact in the Wear Fair guide to finding fashion), book a venue, obtain some fairtrade food and drink from willing donors, advertise with posters and pamphlets and use your group for models! It’s great fun, the audience love it, and it’s proof that Fairtrade doesn´t have to just come in a jar.” *Megan, Newcastle University P&P
Set up your own Fairtrade café or tuck shop
Wootton Basset enjoy a nice cup of tea
This may sound quite ambitious, but lots of groups have shown it can be done! Aberdeen University have even produced a complete Guide to running a Fairtrade Café for other groups to use. Call or email the P&P office if you´d like to be sent a copy of Aberdeen´s guide.
Build a Human Vending Machine
KES P&P group members and their Fairtrade Human Vending Machine
Image © Paul Collins Southern Daily Echo
There are some fantastic Fairtrade vending machines available. If your school or university doesn´t have one, why not set up your own!
The Goodwill Group at Nab Wood School put their creative talents together to decorate a giant box with posters and leaflets about Fairtrade. The group then took it in turns to dish out a range of Fairtrade goods from inside the `human vending machine´ to eager customers. King Edward School in Southampton built such a fantastic vending machine they got in the local paper, and the school has now got a real, and very popular, Fairtrade vending machine in place.
Run a Fairtrade Sports Day or `UnFair´
Hold a sports day, football match or tug-of-war to illustrate the injustices of world trade - with the rules rigged against the poor. For example, in a football game, you could pit the rich world against the poor, with the poor team playing uphill, with less players, and wider goals. You might want a biased referee too!
Make sure you use Fairtrade cotton sports kits for your event to let everyone know they’re available and encourage your school or college to get involved in the Wear Fair campaign for Fairtrade cotton
Cambridge P&P held a Campus UnFair:
“We gave out vouchers for food, education, healthcare, which people had to give up to play one of the games. In the skittles game rich countries were given a basketball to knock them over, whilst poor countries had to make do with a pingpong ball. In the fishing game all countries had fishing rods, but poorer countries had no hooks! With the unlucky dip, just as most people are born into developing countries, most people ended up getting nothing at all!”
Image © Fairtrade Foundation
Fairtrade Fortnight this year takes place from 22 Feb- 7 March this year, and is a focus for promoting Fairtrade and the benefits it brings to poor farmers. Fairtrade campaigners across the country put on a host of events to raise the profile of Fairtrade - making it a great opportunity to advance your Fairtrade campaign!
Kate at Princethorpe college gives a talk at their fashion show asking her college to Wear Fair and switch to Fairtrade cotton
Here are some further ideas for activities:
- Put on a Wear Fair fashion show to be entered into the Wear Fair competition
- Run workshops for other students or put on a debate about unfair trading rules and Fairtrade
- Hold a t-shirt designing competition, using Fairtrade cotton t-shirts
- Get local shops to sell Fairtrade - you could ask lots of people to ask for Fairtrade at the checkout, or sign a petition to the store manager
- Hold a cake-making competition, or a bake sale, using Fairtrade ingredients.
- Hold a Fairtrade breakfast
- Put on a Fairtrade party or club-night, with displays about Fairtrade. You could ask party-goers to sign a petition at the entrance.
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