Elliot wins ‘Find Your Fair Trade Feet’

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.

Elliot's winning design

Elliot’s winning design

Elliot said:

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.’

Find out more about CAFOD’s corporate partnerships.

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