CAFOD puts its best foot forward for fair trade
Saturday 10 May was World Fair Trade Day and, to celebrate, CAFOD launched a special Fairtrade-cotton sock designed by 10-year-old Elliot from St Elizabeth’s RC Primary School in Wythenshawe. You might remember our post about the Top 10 entries back in February – well, Elliot has now been announced as the winner, with his design beating over 6,000 other entries.
In this nationwide competition for 7-11 year olds the brief was to design a Faitrade-themed sock, with entries judged by a panel including including award-winning actress and CAFOD supporter Jo Joyner (Eastenders, Trying Again) and a senior designer from SockShop, one of our corporate partners.
10% of sales from the limited-edition design will be donated to CAFOD, helping to fund our work with some of the poorest communities in the world. Get your hands on a pair of Elliot’s Fairtrade-cotton socks.
We learned about Fairtrade in school and I really enjoyed it because it’s interesting to see how you can help other people. When I was designing my sock, I remembered that Fairtrade is about paying people a fair wage for things that they produce. It’s about making people happy. So that’s why I designed a sock with a smiley face made out of fruit.
I can’t believe that I won the competition. It really is amazing how close to my design the socks are. I love them! I’m proud to be involved with Fairtrade and with CAFOD’s work with people around the world – I’m proud that my socks are helping to raise money for such a great cause.
You can find out more about CAFOD’s work with children and young people here.
Actress and competition judge Jo Joyner said:
Elliot’s design impressed the judges because it said so much in such a simple way. The smiling face out of the fruit demonstrating the happiness that fair trade brings. Crucially, in terms of a design, the colours, the fact that the design is on the ankle of the sock and the sense of humour displayed made Elliot’s a really wearable sock. I’ve got my order in already!
As part of their ongoing work with CAFOD, SockShop are generously donating 10% of sales of all other items bought on the SockShop website when customers enter ‘CAFOD’ into the gift voucher code box on the basket page and press ‘validate.’